A new venture from Scottish Screen and Visit
Scotland hopes to attract more Hollywood films
to Scotlands stately homes.
The agencies have joined forces to compile
a brochure entitled Mansion Locations
in Scotland. They hope that exposure on
the big screen will boost Scotland as a tourist
destination whilst also giving the local film
industry a shot in the arm.
The brochure features over 500 mansions available
for filming purposes. It includes Ardverikie
House, in Badenoch, which appears in the BBC
TV series Monarch of the Glen - shown in more
then 20 countries.
A spokeswoman for Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist
Board commented, "If any area is portrayed in
a positive light in a film or on TV then its
obviously great publicity and will encourage
tourists to visit that area."
However, Kevin Cowle, locations operations
manager for Scottish Screen was keen to stress
that Scottish Screen wasnt just interested
in big budget productions. He said, "This brochure
is for any professional film maker - it doesnt
matter if they are shooting a film worth £50
million or a low budget movie worth around £500,000."