Scottish film industry boom thanks to Outlander

Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room
Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room /

The Outlander Effect isn’t just helping Scottish tourism but also seen a positive impact on the Scottish film industry.

Most Scottish films will have around 60 people involved. After all, many of the dramas and films are low budget and they don’t need the large casts and crews. That’s not the case for Outlander. It turns out the Outlander Effect isn’t just helping the Scottish tourism. There’s also a positive effect for the Scottish film industry.

Producer Barry Waldo has taken to Twitter to answer a few questions about the filming industry in general and Outlander came up. It turns out that while most dramas will average 60 people in Scotland, Season 2 alone had 250+. We’re going to see a lot more in Season 4 more than likely, as there’s a journey across to the Colonies and not as much time spent in the smaller groups of actors, such as just Claire, Brianna, and Roger as they research Jamie’s whereabouts.

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Despite the fourth season spending time in the Colonies, the showrunners opted to keep production in Scotland. There are a few reasons for this, and the cost is certainly to do with it. Scotland has also gained a special place in the hearts of the fans since the first two seasons were all about the buildup to the Battle of Culloden.

It’s not been easy, but the showrunners have managed to transform Scotland into the Colonies. Despite all the snow and bad weather, the showrunners seem happy with the results, although Matt B. Roberts did take to Twitter to request Mother Nature play nice on Monday and Tuesday. It looks like important scenes with good weather are scheduled.

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