Yes it’s true, Hertfordshire’s glitzy show reel for last year includes Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, Amazing Grace, Children of Men, Hot Fuzz and Bleak House amongst other exciting films and TV dramas.
Major film and TV producers are making the most of the county’s great transport links and proximity to the capital, making it the perfect area in which to base any kind of production. Quintessential villages, urban landscapes and film friendly stately homes mean that Hertfordshire has much to lure the filmmaker.
Screen East, Regional Screen Agency for the East of England, is dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting the film and media industries and culture in the region. Our international marketing activities include overseas events. For example, a Screen East team attended UK Showcase in Los Angeles at the end of last year and we are also attending Cannes Film Festival later this month to encourage the US and international industry player to come to the East.
With all this filming in Hertfordshire how can your business benefit?
Screen East receives on average around 200 enquiries per month from productions wanting to film in the East of England. All of these productions will have utilised Screen East’s free service in some way, either through location finding, sourcing accommodation or facility companies to service their shoot, or sourcing local crew.
Productions require a variety of local infrastructure to be in place to enable their shoot to go as smoothly as possible. For example, although a production may hire crew & equipment from a preferred team/supplier, they will use local caterers, skips, petrol suppliers, newsagents, dry cleaners, hotels, sandwich shops, electrical shops… the list goes on! This means that local business can literally ‘cash in’ on location filming.
Your property could be the one that a Location Manager is looking for right now!
There is no restriction on the type of property that a film or TV production might be looking for – locations can be residential or commercial, rural or urban, empty or occupied! So, whatever the condition, age, size or use of your property, contact Screen East for a Location Registration Form.
I work in film and TV industry, how can I get more involved?
If you reside in the East of England you can register on Screen East’s crew database. They provide an introductory service to productions filming in the region. Screen East’s Enterprise and Skills department also offers careers advice and funding for things such as training courses – so get in touch!
Screen East offers a FREE service - to register with them either call 01923 495051, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.screeneast.co.uk/