Setting the scene for the silver screen

26 July 2017

Gilda Walsh and Gareth Taylor explain the script when allowing a production company to film on your land.

But whether it's a multi-series blockbuster about time travel, a TV advert for a well-known whisky or a request to film a documentary in a cave, you should first consider a number of important factors.

The potential impact of filming on other activities should be examined; this is particularly pertinent on farming and sporting estates. A tractor might be considered by the production team as unwanted noise during filming and crew traipsing over moorland might be considered by you as an annoying disturbance during shooting season. Depending upon the fee and potential disruption to other income streams, it is worth weighing the pros and cons carefully.

Galbraith has helped landowners with such decisions in the past. In the summer of 2014 an estate managed through the firm's Ayr office, was teleported back to the 1700s during the Jacobite rising.

The estate owner in this instance was approached directly by producers, but appointed us to manage the filming on behalf of the estate. This ensured that relevant agreements were put in place not just for the estate, but also for its tenants who were compensated for their loss of grazing.

In total the crew were on site for five weeks with up to 100 people at any one time and quite a number of vehicles, but damage was minimal as access had been managed and temporary metal tracks laid. Overall, it was a very successful venture for both the estate and for the production team.

Elderslie Estate in Renfrewshire has been using filming opportunities as a source of additional revenue since the early 1990s. Over the past 17 years the estate has welcomed a number of different production companies on to the land to make use of the versatile buildings and picturesque scenery.

Elderslie's owner, Mark Crichton Maitland, says:

As landowners we need to find ways to make productive use of the diverse landscapes and the beautiful historic buildings in our care. Galbraith encouraged me to pursue any filming enquiries and this has resulted in scenes from Dr Finlay's CasebookTaggart, and children's educational programmes having been shot around the estate. The scenic Neilston quarry has also been used to shoot climbing scenes for various BBC dramas. I would encourage others to ensure they are listed as a potential filming location. Diversification is essential for most rural estates and I'm pleased that filming has added yet another string to Elderslie's bow!

Galbraith has had wide exposure to filming projects including helping teams to find suitable TV and film locations.

Gilda joined Galbraith in 2015 and is part of the Rural Team based in Ayr and is currently completing her APC training. She assists with the management of a number of estates in Ayrshire, assists with a range of valuation and professional work.

Gareth joined Galbraith in 2012 and is part of the Rural Team based in Edinburgh. He undertakes a wide-range of management, consultancy and valuation work and is a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers as well as a RICS Registered Valuer.

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