Shooting stars in Aldershot
Tuesday, 04 June 2013
Aldershot is not the most obvious link between Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt, a zombie outbreak and an apocalyptic storyline - but thanks to Film Hampshire the town was chosen as one of the locations for the shooting of this month's blockbuster release 'World War Z'.
Marc Forster's new $200 million film, part of which was shot in barracks in Aldershot, stars Brad Pitt as a United Nations worker who attempts to stop a zombie outbreak. Film Hampshire worked with World War Z location managers from the outset, sourcing barracks in Aldershot which provided a huge area for filming that without inconveniencing the public. The film follows hot on the heels of recent smash hit Les Misérables, locations of which were scouted by Film Hampshire, including Winchester College and Portsmouth Naval Base.
Part of Hampshire County Council's Economic Development Office, Film Hampshire is one of the UK's leading film location agencies and helps attract film crews to the region by finding shoot locations for them. Hampshire offers a wide range of opportunities for film, broadcasting and advertising production companies, with over 350 film locations including 40 historic country houses 25 parks and forests, excellent domestic and international transport links, a wealth of historical connections, unparalleled local expertise and an extensive network of contacts. In addition, a large number of locally-based companies provide services to the creative industries.
County Councillor Keith Chapman said: "Last year we attracted around £3 million for Hampshire's economy from the film industry, figures that emphasise the important work that Film Hampshire is doing . Not only do production crews bring an immediate boost to trade for hotels and restaurants, but films, adverts and TV programmes showcase our beautiful countryside which in turn encourages more tourists to visit and stay. Among Hampshire's top attractions are its outstanding historic buildings and stunning landscapes, which are much in demand.
"Film Hampshire is a great example of how we work with a wide range of companies to bring outside money and funding to Hampshire. Other recent, major productions filmed in Hampshire include Skyfall, Tom Cruise's All you Need is Kill (due to be released next year) and independent film The Elder. TV credits include the BBC's Wartime Farm on Manor Farm and The Fixer, and ITV's Endeavour, Miss Marple and Dom Joly's Fool Britannia."