THE dynamic development of our screen industries over the past five years continues at a steady pace, as I saw for myself this week when BBC Studioworks was announced as the operator of Kelvin Hall Film and Broadcast Studio Hub of £ 11.9million.
Jointly funded by the Scottish Government through Screen Scotland and Glasgow City Council, this major new facility is expected to open in Glasgow next fall. This will create significant opportunities for program creators and freelancers and contribute to the sustainability of the sector by increasing our skills and talent base.
To maintain the expansion of our film and studio business, building a skilled and well-trained workforce is vital. Investing in the training and development of our people not only improves Scotland’s range of industrial services, but means we don’t lose our talent. So often in the past, to pursue a career in the film industry, people had to move to London or Los Angeles.
The recently launched Format Lab by the Research Center (TRC) is well placed to work with the new Kelvin Hall studios. Supported by Screen Scotland, the BBC, Channel 4 and Glasgow City Council, the Glasgow-based company has put together a comprehensive training program to mentor and nurture the next wave of developmental talent in factual entertainment that includes games and entertainment. quiz.
Screen Scotland also funds a range of skills and talents courses, including the Training Program for New Entrants, the courses run by BECTU vision and the Outlander program for interns from different departments of the hit TV series. And people from under-represented groups will also have access to entry-level training, development and employment in the screen sector through GMAC Film’s Screen Start, a £ 70,000 initiative funded by Screen Scotland and Glasgow City Council.
Scotland is becoming more and more attractive for international productions as we continue to add to our existing infrastructure, but we also focus, as our development work around Kelvin Hall shows, on talent development, of skills and creative reach based in Scotland to earn more sustainably. Business. The opening last month of Scotland’s Studio, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s world-class recording facility, is another feather in the hat for the screen industry. As the only fully functioning sound-to-image recording studio outside of London, it will attract film, television and video game companies from across the UK.
I have great confidence in the industry and this is reflected in the level of funding and support we provide to the industry through Screen Scotland. In yesterday’s budget they received an additional £ 750,000 to increase their engagement with the international film and television industries. This builds on their success to date in attracting premium film and television productions to Scotland in what is a very competitive market.
This includes big budget film productions such as Avengers: Infinity War and No Time to Die, Netflix’s Outlaw King as well as Scotland-made movies and TV series such as Limbo, Guilt and Crime. And let’s not forget that screen activity not only increases Scotland’s visibility internationally, but employs around 7,400 people (2019 figure) and makes a significant contribution to our economy.
Angus Robertson is Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture