The familiarisation trip was organised by Creative England and Wight Media Services, which is run by former ITV cameraman and journalist Dave Russell and supported by numerous Island attractions and businesses. Former Island Council Leader Ian Stephens, from the Local Government Association for England and Wales and Chairman of the Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, also supported on the organisation of the trip.
The eight location managers, with credits including ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’, ‘World War Z’ and ‘Jack Ryan’, visited numerous locations including private period houses, along with well-known sites like English Heritage’s Osborne House and the Carisbrooke Castle and less well-known locations such as train depots.
Dave Russell, Wight Media Services owner, said:
“I’ve been helping international film crews visiting the Island for many years, and it’s great to see more UK-based crews show an interest in crossing the Solent.
“We have a wealth of potential locations here and need to drive that awareness of the Isle of Wight being a supportive and diverse place to film.”
Over the past decade, filming in Southern England has exploded, with Hampshire gaining an extra £3 million into its economy last year alone. For example, some scenes from the Oscar nominated film ‘Les Miserables’ were filmed just across the Solent in Portsmouth Dockyard, which led to the film’s stars, along with hundreds of crew, staying in local hotels.