Production Services

Filming in England

Creative England is the national agency providing free support to productions filming in England, outside London.  Working in partnership with the British Film Commission to promote England internationally, Creative England is the one-stop shop for locations, studios, facilities and crew.

From people to places, our team can help you find and access the industry’s finest, liaising with local authorities, film offices, regional and national partners to gain filming permissions and facilitate a smooth shoot.

Our regionally-based, national team can help you conduct a more extensive search and provide a bespoke service.  Our team will manage your enquiry and ensure you are speaking to the right person.

You need only make one call, or send one email:

+44 (0)20 8324 2311
production@creativeengland.co.uk

For nationwide facilities, crew and related events enquiries, our Crew and Facilities Manager, Nicky Ball, is available to help: nicky.ball@creativeengland.co.uk, 07887 813 441

Download a PDF version of the filming location doubles book

Creative England’s regional representatives:

If you know where you want to film, our regional Production Liaison Managers and Coordinators can provide specialist local expertise for production in their areas:

National Contacts:

We work closely with our national counterparts across the UK:

Rollover and click the map for a quick sample of UK filming locations. Many more locations can be found by visiting each organisation’s website.
The British Film Commission is the national body in charge of attracting, encouraging and supporting the production of international feature films in the UK. (Click here for website).

UK Filming locations map

Locations in England

Creative England is the dedicated support agency for the creative industries in England outside London and a British Film Institute-delegated body for the distribution of National Lottery funds for film in the English regions. The Production Services department is committed to providing a full England-wide locations and crew service.

e: production@creativeengland.co.uk
t: +44 (0) 208 324 2311

Locations in Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national agency for the arts, culture, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

e: locations@creativescotland.com
t: +44 (0)141 302 1723
Click here for website

Locations in Wales

The Wales Screen Commission is the location service for Wales offering comprehensive information and support on locations, facilities, crew and local services throughout Wales.

e: Penny@walesscreencommission.co.uk
t: +44 (0) 300 061 5634
Click here for website

Locations in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Screen is the government-backed lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and digital content industry, driving global growth through boosting the economy, celebrating culture and enhancing children’s education.

e: marketing@northernirelandscreen.co.uk
t: +44 (28) 90 232444
Click here for website

Locations in London

Film London is the capital's film and media agency. They sustain, promote and develop London as a major international film-making and film cultural capital. This includes all the screen industries based in London – film, television, video, commercials and new interactive media.

e: locations@filmlondon.org.uk
t: +44 (0)20 7613 7683
Click here for website

Regional Contacts:

We also work closely with established film offices:

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Register and Amend: Locations, Studios, Facilities and Crew

Locations:

Your property could be just what filmmakers are looking for, be it a cottage or a castle, a suburban semi or stately home. If your property is based in the English regions, outside London, and is a potential filming location, then you can register on our free database:

Once registered, you can amend your entry, add images or change contact details:

Studios, Facilities and Crew:

You can register on our database for free, upload a CV, edit your availability and link to images and videos.

We are only able to accept registrations from people or companies based in the English regions, outside London.

Our Crew and Facilities Manager, Nicky Ball, sends out regular job alerts to registered users, and a wide range of the UK production sector uses the database. Whether you are an experienced professional or new entrant, an established business or start-up company, your registration is welcome:

Once registered, you can amend your entry on the database to update your availability, CV or contact details:

Studios

England boasts some of the most famous sound stages in the world including Pinewood’s 007 Stage – the largest in Europe.  It also has a network of well-established regional studios, as well as cost-effective hidden gems and frequently used build space. These facilities are served by excellent international and domestic transport links.

England’s studios host a large number of productions at any one time. The various complexes offer a range of stage sizes, specialist water tanks and underwater stages, and excellent support services to meet the needs of any production. The studios are conveniently located in and around major cities with good crew bases.

Click here to download a PDF of the English regions’ major studios and build space

You can also view our studio showreel which highlights some of the hidden gems in the English regions’ studio network:

FIlm studio and build spaces outside London from Creative England on Vimeo.

Film Friendly Partnerships

Creative England works with public and private sector partners, including local authorities and council-funded film offices, to ensure a film friendly welcome to productions based in the English regions. We are embedding Film Friendly Partnerships across the country.

In order to provide the optimum conditions for filming in England, our Film Friendly Partnerships establish:

  • The cooperation of local authorities and key regional organisations.
  • Clear policy in quickly dealing with production enquiries and securing the necessary permissions.
  • A commitment to sharing best practice.

Established film friendly partnerships are invited to sign a Creative England Film Friendly Charter, signifying a collective commitment to promote filming in the region, recognising its cultural and economic benefits.

Our charter signatories include:

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Supporters

Creative England’s Production Services team is core funded by the British Film Institute and additionally supported in 2013/14 through Enhanced Partnership Agreements with:

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Read our ’Spotlight on Filming in Suffolk Coastal District’.

We are members of The Production Guild and Association of Film Commissioners International and work closely with the British Film Commission, the UK government’s national agency responsible for maximising and supporting the production of international feature film and television in the UK.  Other organisations we work with and useful links include:

1066 County

Advertising Producers Association

Arts Council England

Associated British Ports

Association of Motion Picture Sound Directors UK

BECTU

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies

British Film Designers Guild

British Interactive Media Association

British Kinematograph, Sound & TV Society

British Society of Cinematographers

Broads Authority

Canal and River Trust

Churches Conservation Trust

The Crown Estate

Cumbria Tourism

Department for Culture Media and Sport

Destination Milton Keynes

Directors Guild of Great Britain

Duchy of Cornwall

Duchy of Lancaster

English Heritage

Environmental Agency

Eon

Equity

Film Hampshire

Film Oxford

Forestry Commission

Greening the Screen

Guild of British Camera Technicians

Guild of British Film & TV Editors

Guild of Television Cameramen

Guild of Vision Mixers

Her Majesty’s Courts Service

Her Majesty’s Prison Service

Historic Houses Association

Homes and Communities

Institute of Professional Sound

Lighthouse

Marketing Cheshire

Marketing Lancashire

Marketing Manchester

Ministry of Defence/Landmarc

Musicians Union

National Association of Screen Make-up Artists and Hairdressers

National Grid

National Parks

National Trust

Natural England

Network Rail

Pinewood Studios Group

Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television

The Producers’ Forum

The Production Guild

Production Managers Association

Professional Lighting and Sound Association

Royal Television Society

RSPB Nature Reserves

RWE

Screen Archive South East

Screen South

Screen Yorkshire

South East LEP

UK Music

UK Screen

UK Screen Association

United Utilities

University of Brighton

Visit Buckinghamshire

Visit Surrey

Warner Bros Studios Leavesden

Wired Sussex

Women in Film & TV

Woodland Trust

Writers Guild of Great Britain

News and Events:

In addition to Creative England’s general newsletter (sign-up: see right), our departmental e-newsletter outlines the activity of the Production Services team.

When registering on the database you can choose to receive our regular Production Services e-newsletter.  These bulletins outline our latest news and include information on our regular networking events held around the country.   The events bring studios, facilities and crew together with local productions and partners to broaden contacts and generate further business opportunities. Review our calendar of upcoming events.

You do not need to register on Creative England’s database to receive the Production Services e-newsletter, you can also sign up below.

View an archive of our previous newsletters here.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Skillset Craft and Technical Skills Academy and Creative England have confirmed that over 200 applicants have been selected by a jury of industry professionals to join BAFTA Crew – a major new skills development and networking programme for experienced craft and technical crew working in film and television in England.

BAFTA Crew is designed to develop the film production skills and contacts of crew across England with the ultimate aim of supporting the production infrastructure and developing ‘below the line’ talent outside of the capital.

The successful BAFTA Crew participants hail from over 30 English counties, including Northumberland in the north, Cornwall in the south and Norfolk in the east, and represent craft areas including production design, camera, costume, editing, hair and make-up, production management, sound and visual effects.

The initiative includes live and online masterclasses, delivered by film industry professionals drawn from BAFTA’s highly successful pool of winners, nominees and members, at BAFTA Crew partner venues across England. BAFTA-winning and Oscar®-nominated production designer Eve Stewart (Les Misérables, The King’s Speech, Topsy-Turvy) will deliver the first live masterclass on Saturday 6 April at Cornerhouse in Manchester. BAFTA-winning producer Anita Overland (In This World, Red Riding) will give the second live masterclass on Wednesday 22 May at FACT in Liverpool. A limited number of public tickets for the live events will be available from the venues.

Anita Overland’s masterclass will also be streamed live exclusively for BAFTA Crew members. Other exclusive content for the BAFTA Crew cohort will include an online masterclass and interactive Q&A delivered by BAFTA and Oscar®-winning production sound mixer Simon Hayes (Les Misérables, Prometheus), and an online CV workshop with Laurily Adams of talent agent Sara Putt Associates.

BAFTA Crew members will also be part of a network of professional peers with access to Creative England’s Production & Location Services team who crew feature, television drama and documentary productions.

Tim Hunter, Head of Learning & Events at BAFTA, said: “On behalf of BAFTA I want to thank our expert jury for identifying the inaugural ‘BAFTA Crew’. Drawn from a range of disciplines, each of the participants has proved their mettle through an incredible range of accomplishments, the diversity of which will only strengthen the network. BAFTA Crew will help participants to hone their craft, giving them access to leading talent through exclusive content as well as live masterclasses which we are delighted to be able to open to the wider public.”

Nicky Ball, National Crew & Facilities Manager at Creative England, said: “We really welcome working with BAFTA and Creative Skillset’s Craft and Technical Skills Academy to develop and upskill crew based in and working in the English regions. This initiative will provide great opportunities for them to learn from and network with fellow industry professionals.”

Sarah Trigg, Film Partnership Manager at Creative Skillset, said: “BAFTA Crew will enable us to strengthen the skills of professionals working behind the scenes in the UK film industry. The regional reach of this project will strengthen opportunities for local crew and help regions to attract productions into their areas.”

Further information on the programme, including a full list of BAFTA crew members, is available at: http://bit.ly/BAFTACrew.

Feedback

“Creative England really impressed me on this film. Problems were addressed, dealt with and solved by Rebecca in Surrey and our filming in Bedfordshire was a success largely due to the help we received from Hayley who was informative and able to steer us in the right direction with the various authorities. A fantastically helpful and productive experience working with the organisation.”
Pat Karam, Harry Hill The Movie:

“An incredibly helpful and efficient service was provided by Creative England. They proved invaluable to our shoot, with a rapid turnaround & extensive knowledge of the area – thank you!”
Amy Southey, Researcher – Dom Jolly’s Fool Britannia

“We shot in some welcoming, stunning and beautiful locations in the South East and West Midlands on Dancing on the Edge. It shows in the final cut!”
Harriet Lawrence, Location Manager – Dancing on the Edge

“People might be surprised to discover that only a tiny portion of our film was actually filmed in France.   There are some fantastic locations to be found in our stunning English regions that worked perfectly for our early 19th Century France.  Local authorities, councils and residents in each of our several areas couldn’t have been more helpful and enthusiastic and made a difficult job a real pleasure.”
Camilla Stephenson, Supervising Location Manager – Les Miserables

“Just wanted to say a big thank you for your help putting together the shoot for Adidas. The job went very well and your assistance made the logistics of shooting in the North West a breeze.”
Theo Youngstein, Location Manager – Adidas Commercial

“Creative England proved to be a consistent support to the Village production team, firstly in an educational capacity helping others to understand the complex and often unusual needs of film crews but also as an intermediary where independent third party clarity is beneficial.”
Charlie Thompson, Location Manager – The Village

“Without you my location world would stop spinning…”
Phil Lobban, Location Manager

“Thanks for providing such a great service with the crew call, it really is brilliant!”
Howard Colin

“One of the organisations that boundlessly gave their support and whose understanding and guidance was essential in getting this project rolling with permits, permissions and paperwork was Creative England. Not only did the Production Services Department guide me through a maze of councils, highways, road closures and police support, but their advice was vital in my understanding of how to facilitate a shoot of this nature. The service and support that Creative England can provide for location filming is excellent, informative and FREE!”
Danny Hussain, Location Manager – Peter Kay’s Sit Down for Comic Relief

“While working as Location Manager on Shameless, the production liaison service provided by Creative England was an invaluable resource for me. Their relationships with officials from local councils, Police, and Highways, along with their advice and local contacts made shooting in the North West a fantastic experience.”
Jack Suckling, Location Manager – Shameless

“I love the creative England website and have used it for a few dailies so far this year on various jobs.”
Jenny Farrent, Production Coordinator – Inspector George Gently

FAQs

Whether you’re wondering how to take the best photos to show off your house for a filming location or want to know how to get permission to film with a replica firearm on the streets of Wakefield, our guides and FAQs below should help. We’ll be adding more in the future so keep checking back.

FAQs for productions looking to film in England

FAQs for crew and facilities

Creative England’s A to Z Filming Guidelines

Helpful hints for photographing your property to be a filming location in England

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