Just a heads up, if you haven’t already read or heard, the Marvel’s Avengers series latest installment is filming in Edinburgh, Scotland this month. Lucky enough to be traveling there this month? Keep eyes peeled in Old Town. Lucky bystanders have already seen a few characters in the streets and their stunt doubles. If you missed out on the hit series Outlander that finished filming there just recently, you can check out this film crew and if you are lucky you may spot some stars. Plus, if it’s like all the Trainspotting 1 and 2 unofficial signage I found, someone will put up a posting on some pole telling you what scenes were filmed there. Last summer I walked the unofficial Trainspotting walk. Sadly my next trip is in summer and I won’t get to see souped up spandex running around, sigh.
So how do you get to know where filming is taking place and when? In previous posts I have told you that most counties have film boards and if you keep up with checking their sites before you go, you can find out ahead of time. The country or specific city you are traveling to just may have a film or series being shot there. It’s film tourism, and a lot more people are doing it.
Many people visit a country or place after seeing it in a film or series. Movies are great tourism boosters. Countries can benefit from fees charged for filming locations and permits, in the millions with permits. Plus it’s one very big tourist advert they didn’t have to pay for. Local papers will run stories and yes, many people love to be extras. You can travel the world and be an extra if you have the right CV and set up. Great way to tour by working your way through extra work if you can line up enough gigs and have the right visas. But this film tourism can have some drawbacks for your everyday traveller. If you had planned you visit well in advance and suddenly something you had wanted to cross off your bucket list was being used for filming, you may be really unhappy when you show up. A castle you planned on seeing may be covered in movie set. I happen to think this is fun, and many do. Oh, and don’t forget the housing. When a production rolls into town, they have to house actors and many extras if the extras aren’t all local. Some extras know local “extra” friends and well, bunk up. But suddenly you have hundreds needing housing for a film and there’s no room at the inn. Book ahead.
But if you are a purist, you should check any historical site you plan to visit prior to going. So, check with local film boards and filming locations websites. Do a query on filming in “blank” country or city and see what you can pull up before your trip. Most people love watching the filming and hoping to catch a glimpse of the magic world of entertainment. Hey, you may get lucky and get an autograph if you collect those.
But if You Are a Star Wars Fan…
Danger there is…
So the new installment of the franchise, The Last Jedi, has wrapped on filming in Summer 2016 and in production. However… there are reshoots! What’s a reshoot? Just like it sounds. A film in production decided it needs rework or extra work to get it just right. So that means you actor tourists can get another chance at this one. Filming for the reshoots begins in May-June in both Ireland and Scotland, so check out. If you are a theatre major or just thought you would have fun, try getting on at https://www.universalextras.co.uk/.
And always wear your super suit, I do.
Star Wars Last Jedi Reshoots and Extras (May-June 2017)
On Location Vacations Caters to those who like to know where filming is taking place for big films and future release news. Keep in mind that smaller or non-blockbuster American films may not get mention here so still check with a country’s film board.
Scottish Films Film Bang Directory. If you are curious how companies film in a general area, check out film directories like this to give you a glimpse in the industry.
Film Studios also list what is in production and have press releases. Check them out:
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