Historic Westminster venue One Great George Street saw a marked increase in filming bookings in 2015. Recently, Location Managers for the BBC TV series The Night Manager, the film War Machine starring Brad Pitt & Wonder Woman have all been seduced by the venue. Is the increase in UK-based filming industry-wide, and if so why does this venue scoop so many big hits?
Shedding some light on this trend, Charles Somers, the Location Manager for Wonder Woman filmed at One Great George Street, noted: "The UK tax incentive, combined with easy access to top rate crews and facilities, in conjunction with favourable exchange rates, make it highly likely that the trend for major US features to film in the UK will continue throughout 2016 and beyond."
Mr Somers noted that there were many unique aspects to the venue that set it apart from other filming locations: "The quality of the architecture combined with the proportions of the rooms gives One Great George Street the unique position of being one of the best locations in London for the type of scene we were filming. The building works on so many levels, not just from a creative point of view but also from a logistical standpoint. We were able to accommodate all the other departments inside the location, such as background artists costume, make-up and wardrobe, as well as the crew and crowd dining areas, which helps make the day run very smoothly for the location department."
Location Manager Tony Hood also shares his experience of working with One Great George Street’s Special Events Team, and sheds some light on why the venue is proving so popular as a filming location:
"It can be difficult to secure the dates you need in such a popular venue as One Great George Street (OGGS) but it is always well worth the effort. We used OGGS as a hotel reception for War Machine. There are a number of stunning rooms within the building but what really sets the venue apart is the helpful nature of the event staff who have everything covered. It is unusual in Central London to find a single location that has such an extensive range of film-worthy spaces, and additionally the room to house the various elements of the production to allow us to shoot out the scenes quickly and efficiently. In a very short space of time we were able to build a hotel reception, load in props, manage all elements of background costume and makeup, have enough green rooms to look after all our principal cast and cater for the whole cast and crew on site. I would go back every film!"
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One Great George Street is an award-winning Grade II listed central London venue located just a stone's throw away from the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St James's Park.
Built between 1910-13 and home to the Institution of Civil Engineers, this magnificent four-domed Edwardian building offers 21 flexible function rooms including the magnificent Great Hall with up to 400-guest capacity, an expert in-house catering team serving delicious modern European cuisine, and an exceptional on-site Audio Visual team.
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