The Media in Figures: Filming in Edinburgh

FILM Edinburgh, the local film commission for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, has reported what describes as “a solid rise” in the number of film enquires and productions filming in and around the capital during 2014.

Says the organisation, the economic impact for the region has increased to £4.6million, a 53 per cent rise on 2013 figures.

Other figures:

* 2014 was in the top three years for film production in Edinburgh;

* Number of production enquires in 2014 was 542, a rise of eight per cent on 2013 figures;

* Projects completed in 2014 was 361, a rise on six per cent on 2013 figures;

* 1,076 days filming in 2014, 70 more than 2013;

* Economic value to city region in 2014 was £4.6m, a 53 per cent rise on 2013;

*  2,500 private homes, flats, historic and public buildings are currently listed as a potential film locations in the Edinburgh region;

* Ten years ago in 2004, the Edinburgh region had 718 days filming complete in the city region, generating £3.2m economic impact for the region; and

* Five years ago in 2008, the Edinburgh region had 997 days filming complete in the city region, generating £3.06m.

Adds Film Edinburgh: “Key projects that filmed in Edinburgh region in 2014 included BBC drama, Murder, by Birger Larsen, which filmed in Edinburgh for four months and CBBC/HBO’s Eve and Plum Films’ Teacup Travels for CBeebies. International hit, Outlander, also undertook 19 days of filming in the Edinburgh region in 2014.

“Factual programmes filmed in Edinburgh region in 2014 included Landward, Come Dine with Me, Great Scots and Shopgirls, Secret History of our Streets, Great British Railways and Portrait Artist of the Year.

“The Conversion rate, from project enquires, was 67 per cent.

“In addition, the Scottish Referendum vote in September last year brought broadcasters from over 43 different countries, resulting in over 150 hours of broadcast footage from the ‘This is Edinburgh’ media centre in the [city centre district] Grassmarket.”

Source: Film Edinburgh, published January 27 2015.