Avengers filming targets Scotland locations
Reported plans to film scenes in Scotland for Marvel’s superhero follow-up Avengers: Infinity War may draw attention to the country’s limited production infrastructure.
The new Avengers film is based at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in the US but the production team is reportedly planning to spend around £10m filming in multiple locations in Scotland.
Scenes are likely to be location-based as Scotland lacks purpose-built studio facilities.
"The reported production spend of £10m is welcomed but this is only a small proportion of the budget which will be in excess of $250m,” said the Association of Film and Television Practitioners Scotland, in comments to Herald Scotland.
"Having a Hollywood blockbuster filming in Scotland every half-decade or so is not indicative of a healthy screen sector.
“Ten years ago Scotland was second only to London in screen production activity but Scotland is now a poor sixth behind London, Wales, Northern Ireland, Manchester/Leeds and Bristol.”
Production spending in Scotland has increased for the past three years in a row, but large-scale studio movies usually only have very short stays.
Action sequel Transformers: The Last Knight filmed scenes in Scotland last year as part of a schedule that saw the movie film on location across the UK.
Producers filming in Scotland can access the UK’s generous tax credit support but the lack of a large-scale studio facility makes it a challenge to set up a longer-term production base locally.
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