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Lights, camera, action for Scotland's first film studio

December 8, 2018 8:27 AM
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Lights, camera, action for Scotland's first film studio

A WAREHOUSE in Leith has been earmarked to become Scotland’s first dedicated film studio.

The world-class complex will be based on the eastern harbour at the former Pelamis Building (Image: Ryan McVay/ Getty)

The world-class complex will be based on the eastern harbour at the former Pelamis Building where Marvel Studios made Avengers: Infinity War.

The site has shooting space across 160,000 square feet with potential for five sound stages, workshop and office spaces and an opportunity for set building.

With a tank already in existence for live action shots, there are also plans for the largest green screen in Europe to superimpose a variety of backgrounds for special sequences.

It is thought Screen Scotland has assigned an initial £5million for the project, which has also won the backing of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her culture secretary, Fiona Hyslop.

The idea of a national film studio was first proposed decades ago but successive Holyrood administrations have been unable to get the project under way.

Critics have long argued that the lack of a dedicated studio is hampering Scotland’s appeal as a film location with Northern Ireland attracting many productions with its Titanic Studios.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon backed up the project (Image: Andy Buchanan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Source: express.co.uk

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