Queensland launches Reel Scout app to boost regional filming location library
Queensland in north-eastern Australia has launched Reel Scout, a new mobile app designed to boost the region’s library of filming locations. Ordinary citizens are being encouraged to register their homes and properties to expand available shooting options for producers.
“Reel Scout is a one-stop doorway to hundreds of potential film locations ranging from a Buddhist temple to a gothic Brisbane mansion, to the Far North Queensland rainforest,” explains Queensland’s Arts and Innovations Minister Ian Walker.
“Screen Queensland is behind this innovative initiative which gives us a competitive edge. It showcases countless locations around the state and makes it easy for the screen industry, both locally and globally, to find their ideal location.
“The screen industry is all about location, location, location. This app helps directors to find hidden, authentic gems when they’re hunting unusual locations and for everyday people to get a piece of the movie action. Individual property owners can register their own site, so it’s an innovation that delivers the arts to all Queenslanders with gusto.”
Added Screen Queensland head Tracey Vieira: “Reel Scout is new technology that gives Queensland a competitive edge in increasing screen productivity, helping to market our locations, expert crews and world-class facilities to filmmakers around the world."
This app helps directors to find hidden, authentic gems when they’re hunting unusual locations.
Ian Walker, Arts and Innovations Minister for Queensland
Vieira adds: “It will help boost the attractiveness and competitiveness of Queensland as a premier location for screen production.”
Disaster movie San Andreas – featuring action star Dwayne Johnson – has been among the biggest international productions to have recently filmed in Queensland, doubling the region for California. Angelina Jolie also filmed scenes for her World War II drama Unbroken partly at Village Roadshow Studios near Gold Coast.
(Unbroken image: Vince Valitutti/Paramount Pictures)
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