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TayScreen helping to fuel film and TV revolution in Scotland

FROM DAWN TILL DUSK: There’s no better place to capture a golden dawn than from a pristine sandy beach on the east coast of Scotland, while over on the west coast, the setting sun provides a fine bookend for the day.

As the film and television industry continues to flourish in Scotland, sourcing the very best locations, crew and support for your project has never been more critical – and this is precisely where TayScreen has you covered

Scotland’s film and TV industry has undergone a quiet revolution. The creative industries and Creative Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government, have made changes to improve the opportunities available. And the results have proved fruitful. The first two series of internationally acclaimed television series Outlander filmed almost exclusively in Scotland, along with big screen blockbusters such as Transformers: The Last Knight, T2 Trainspotting, Avengers: Infinity War, all fully or partly filmed there, too, creating a real buzz around Scotland as a film and TV hub. Screen commissioning service TayScreen, which serves the regional councils of Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross, has felt the effects of what has been dubbed “the Outlander bounce”. Projects such as the Netflix movie Outlaw King helped bring in more than £5 million ($6.55m) to the economy last year. More recently, Golden Globewinning series HBO’s Succession, starring Dundee-born and Emmy award-winner actor Brian Cox, shot scenes for season two in Tayside. TayScreen were delighted to welcome the team and provide support at two iconic film locations – the V&A Dundee and Gleneagles luxury resort in Perthshire. The production was supported by Screen Scotland’s Production Growth Fund and was also a brilliant opportunity for work experience students of Screen Academy Scotland’s Screen NETs Programme. The Tay is Scotland’s longest river, starting in Highland Perthshire and flowing east towards the North Sea. Along the way it takes in the cities of Perth and Dundee. The councils of Dundee, Perth & Kinross and Angus lie to the north, while the region of Fife sits between the Tay and the River Forth to the south. Being a land of rivers, there are many bridges with key crossings on the Tay at Dundee (Tay Bridges) and Perth (Friarton Bridge) and on the Forth (Forth Bridges and the new Queensferry Crossing). The region as a whole is 15 miles north of Edinburgh, 70 miles east of Glasgow and 50 miles south-west of Aberdeen. Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perthshire have hosted film and TV productions Captain America, Under The Skin and Whisky Galore. Dundee also has a global reputation as one of Europe’s key hubs for computer games and mobile digital content development. It was the first city to offer a degree in computer games at Abertay University and was home to the development of Grand Theft Auto. TayScreen’s business development manager Julie Craik handles an average of 100 projects a year coming to the area, ranging from photoshoots for magazines such as Vogue, to films and TV series that are shown around the globe. Julie said: “As a broad idea, highland to coastal, rural to urban, historic, iconic and contemporary. “Dundee is a city of design, so it’s no surprise that the new V&A design museum it to be found on the waterfront between the Tay Bridges. “There are castles, mansions, rivers, rapids, mountains, cliffs, beaches and golf, with some of the most famous courses in the world at St Andrews in Fife, Carnoustie in Angus, and Gleneagles in Perthshire. “We are delighted that productions find the Tayside and Fife area so attractive and many keep coming back for different projects. “At TayScreen, we do a lot of work with Digital Dundee, so it is not just filming productions. “We also advise companies when they are looking to produce virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) games and apps that can be used in real-life settings.” TayScreen started in March 2002, Julie explained: “We are a partnership between the councils of Angus, Dundee City, Fife and Perth & Kinross promoting this fabulous, diverse and film-friendly region. “We support all kinds of media including advertising, commercials, film, television, animation, web, games, apps, stills, art and radio. “We help producers, directors, location managers, writers and creatives at any stage of projects from development and preproduction through production and post-production. “Our service is free and we can help you with research and to find the right locations, places to stay, production services, support services and crew. “Let us know what you need and we will do our best to find it.”

Julie Craik can be contacted on +44 (0) 1382 432483, or email

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