There is everything in Scotland. It has such a rich and diverse range of culture and landscape. From vibrant inner city life to the most remote and isolated places on these islands. Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city, it has picturesque streets, parks and monuments, with beautiful sandstone architecture - ideal for shooting a/w collections in the summer. Glasgow is it's bigger and more exuberant neighbour and feels more like a big city. It too has its beautiful quarters and sandstone, but is better known for it's grittier edge, it's industrial heritage and more modern architecture.
The Highlands of Scotland are easily accessible from either city, a two hour journey by road will see you among some stunning hills. In between the hills are lochs (lakes) which give for beautiful vistas. There is everything you would expect to see in a wild and untouched land.
But of course the human hand has been hard at work here like anywhere else, scattered across the country are ancient buildings, whiskey distilleries, crofters cottages, scenic railways and remote roads.
And around the edge... stunning cliffs, beautiful islands and amazing sandy beaches.
Food and accommodation can be hit or miss. Like the UK as a whole Scotland has upped its game considerably over the last 15 years or so, you can now find a whole bunch of Michelin starred restaurants and exquisite hotels. But there is still a lot of horrors out there if you don't know where to go, so stick with us and we'll make sure your stay is the best it can possibly be for your budget.
North East England
Like its northerly neighbour, the North East enjoys its fair share of castles, stately homes, stunning coastline, open country, rivers and bustling cities. Only you could argue that everything is much closer together, so if you're looking for multiple locations then the North East could be your answer.
The main city here is Newcastle, historically a ship building and coal mining city. Elements of those industries still survive today, but now of course Newcastle is full of smart shops, cool bars and cafes and some really exceptional modern architecture. Not to mention its famous bridges of course. Little known fact... the first lightbulb was invented and demonstrated here a year before Thomas Edison in the USA by local lad Sir Jospeh Swan.
As you head further south into England from the border, the villages and towns start getting a little more 'quaint', and the countryside, though perhaps a little more touched by human hand, is picturesque with its rolling farmland and meadows. Like Scotland, there are rugged windswept moors here too, sea-swept headlands and pristine beaches... but not so many hills. Which isn't always a bad thing!
North & North West England
Well, quite a range. So let's start at the top and work down. The Lake District, situated top left of England, is called the Lake District because it is a district which has lots of lakes. Yes, we really mix it up when we come to naming places here in the UK. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, hilly, but not as hilly as Scotland and certainly nothing like as remote or wild. Scenic, is the word. Great little villages and towns, full of outdoor clothing shops, tea rooms and walkers ducking every five minutes due to low flying fighter jets out on practice runs.
Further south into Lancashire and Yorkshire we see more rolling countryside, quaint villages, beautiful old pubs, and then... Manchester! Around it relics of the industrial revolution, old mills, canals, but a city becoming more and more popular with those media types we hear all about, and of course has a massive influence on modern music and sport. Manchester is the biggest of a string of cities across the north and north west, including Leeds to the east and Liverpool to the west. There's a rumour that Liverpool also had an influence on modern music and sport... and Leeds? Where do we begin?
Not far from the uban sprawl you'll find some truly stunning countryside. And along with the industry in the 19th Century came the wealthy industrialists who all tried to out bling each other by building massive houses in wide landscaped grounds. So the North West is a good spot to get a good mix of locations, well served by facility outlets, model and talent agencies, studios, airports and plenty of top hotels.
Wales is sometimes overlooked in favour of Scotland when it comes to shooting. But it has a number of advantages over Scotland. Firstly, everything is more accessible, you're never too far away from a stretch of coast, and as for location options... there's plenty to match its neighbours and far more besides.
The Welsh and English have endured pretty rough relations in the past, to the extent that the Welsh coast and border is littered with amazing castles in varying states of repair. Some 400 of them. The Welsh coastline is in parts nothing short of stunning, with amazing towns perched on cliff tops, broad bays and beaches, incredible rock formations and cliffs. Its interior is brimming with location possibilities, moorland, farmland, beautiful hills, mountains, roads and forests, big houses, fantasy Italian villages... Its road network, while lacking motorways, is much more extensive than Scotland, and Cardiff provides a great centre for production facilities. Wales has three national parks which make up 20% of the Welsh land mass, more than any other country in Europe... (we think!)
The Welsh language is still proudly spoken throughout Wales, and some of its place names can be on the tricky side for the non-Gaelic speaker... YrWyddgrug, Caergybi, Rhosllanerchrugog, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant... to mention but a few. Good job we have local producers to help you out!
Britain has undergone something of a food revolution in the last 20 years, and few places epitomise this more than the towns and villages around Birmingham and below. Birmingham itself has undergone a huge facelift and now boasts some of the most radical architecture in the UK today. It's food though didn't need to revolutionise, long established in the UK as 'up there' when it comes to the nation's favourite dish... curry. But beyond 'Brum' you will find communities resurgent in their discovery of local produce, and a direct knock-on of this is a resurgence in farmers markets, artisan food producers, traders and craftsmen. The point is, it feels like Britain is rediscovering itself and its potential at a local level. There are boutique hotels everywhere you look, wonderful restaurants with stars coming out of their ears, in the most unexpected of places. Britian is now a fabulous country to come to work in or visit, a place you can happily bring even the fussiest of clients, and central England can be one of the most charming, comfortable and beautiful places to shoot, especially in the summer months.
This section of the UK has an abundance of picturesque villages, historical centres (Shakespeare came from this neck of the woods) , beautiful old mansions, palaces and country houses. Amazing English gardens, countryside, meandering rivers and tiny churches tucked away. It's also home to the beautiful and world famous university towns of Oxford and Cambridge, where we have excellent links to colleges.
London needs very little in the way of introduction of course. In our view it is the best city in the world. It is the most modern and forward thinking of cities, but of course has an immense wealth of history. Shooting here should only be undertaken with experienced local production, the city holds such a variety of location possibilities and is so vast, that to do so without good local knowledge could present a missed opportunity.
London is not as expensive to shoot in as you might think, and the local authorities here are much more open to filming and photography than ever before. Things are much more regulated now so you'll need to have all the proper paper-work in place to shoot in public places, and in certain hot spots you'll need to give good notice. But we can do all that for you.
As an experience, there are few places on the planet to rival our capital city. And as a production base there are few cities that can bring the diversity and multiculturalism that London brings. It's beautiful parks, immense public buildings, fine traditional architecture, amazing nightlife, fantastic food... we could go on and on. Not to mention the finest facilities, crews, artists and post production in the world. No question.
South East England
Below London lies a number of counties all vying for the warmest or driest part of the UK. Kent is known as the Garden of England and for good reason. Here you will find quintessentially English countryside and villages, seaside towns as well as very individual architecture and landscape. Some of the most frequented locations are here , as well as some of Britain's most iconic features, The White Cliffs of Dover being our country's welcome to those arriving from mainland Europe across the English Channel.
Here too are the counties of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. Steeped in history and blessed by rolling grassland hills, classic seaside towns, fabulous little villages, amazing castles and gardens and maritime heritage. And all an hour or so from London.
South West England
The South West has long been the destination and home for artists. It's quality of light is different from anywhere else in the UK, and is perfectly suited to those working on canvas. Equally for those working on Phase One or Alexa, the light here is exquisite and can bring a whole new level of satisfaction to those among us who know about and recognise such qualities.
This part of the world is inexorably linked to the sea. Parts of the coastline date back to the Jurassic period, and of course every pirate that ever sailed the seven seas had a west country accent. Here you will find the classic English fishing village, with it's little harbour full of bobbing fishing boats, piles of lobster pots and weatherbeaten old pubs, all nestled amongst the cliffs.
Bristol is the principal city, where there are good production facilities, not to mention some great architecture and impressive Victorian civil engineering. Neighbouring Bath also has great architecture but it's civil engineering is of an earlier nature, Roman.
There is a huge association with pagan Britain here too. The bleak moorland, the erie and inexplicably ancient stone circles, monuments to religions and practises dating back thousands of years. The district is among the best in the UK in terms of weather conditions. It's the home to the world's greatest music festival, Glastonbury, and we all know it never rains there.