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SCOUTING FOR HOLLYWOOD ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

fragilelindhillThe Isle of Wight is paying host to a group of film and TV location managers over the next two days (Thursday and Friday) in a bid to highlight the Island’s potential as a filming location.

The familiarisation trip has been organised by Creative England and Wight Media Services, which is run by former ITV cameraman and Ryde resident Dave Russell and supported by numerous Island attractions and businesses. Former Island Council Leader Cllr Ian Stephens, from the Local Government Association for England and Wales and Chairman of the Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, has also supported on the organisation of the trip.

The eight location managers, with credits including The Man from UNCLE, World War Z and Jack Ryan, will be visiting numerous locations including private period houses, along with well-known sites like Osborne House and the Needles.

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fragilemilitaryroadCreative England, a not-for-profit organisation, works with public and private sector partners in 250 local authorities and public ancillary services across the country via its Film Partnerships to maximise filming opportunities and ensure every region of England can capitalise on the growth opportunities from filming. This also ensures a film friendly welcome to productions based in the English regions and is essential for the smooth running of major film and TV drama shoots. Creative England runs national locations and crew databases to assist with easy access to thousands of regional locations and local crew and facility businesses for hire.

Although it’s difficult to put precise figures on what every production is worth to the local economy, as much as £32k can be spent per day on location hires, local employment and services while a production is filming in a region.

Rebecca Snook, Creative England Production Services Liaison Manager, said:

“A major film project may typically spend around £32,000 a day on locations, local employment and services whilst a television production will spend in the region of £16,000 to £19,000 each day. For a production of scale to be based in an area is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses and tourists alike and can be truly beneficial to the local economy.”

Dave Russell, Wight Media Services owner, said:

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“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 films’ stars, along with hundreds of crew staying in local hotels.

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