Film Office Offers Socially Distanced and Virtual Location Recces

Film Office Offers Socially Distanced and Virtual Location Recces

As Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease and much of the UK’s film & TV industry looks ahead to resuming production this autumn, Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office team has been looking at innovative ways that it can support the increasing number of new production enquiries coming into the region.

The team has been collaborating with property owners at some of Yorkshire’s most popular filming locations and studios to deliver virtual recces for productions in recent weeks and is planning to support a number of socially distanced recces in the region from this week onwards.

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’Following the publication of the UK filming guidance earlier this month, we have had an increase in production enquiries coming into the film office, which is really encouraging. However, with many properties still under lockdown, we have had to think of new ways that we can support productions to prep within the Covid-19 restrictions. The virtual recces that we have delivered so far have been a great success thanks to the cooperation and support of location owners and we will continue to look at ways that we can adapt our film office service to ensure that Yorkshire is ready to gear back into production as soon as it is safe to do so.

Chris Hordley, Production Liaison and Development Manager

Chris Hordley © Screen Yorkshire

Risk Assessment

Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office team, has also developed a risk assessment specifically for the purposes of assessing the suitability of locations for filming, which outlines the most up to date Covid-19 control and mitigation measures, to ensure that recces can happen as smoothly and safely as possible.

Support for freelancers

Screen Yorkshire’s film office team has also been supporting the support the regional freelance film & TV production community by running a regular Friday freelancer zoom forum. Find out more and register here.

Contact our experienced team

At Screen Yorkshire, our production liaison team is; Chris Hordley, Richard Knight and Olivia Thomas, with 50 years combined experience working on some of the UK’s best known and high profile productions. They are on hand to offer on-the-ground expert advice and a one-stop-shop for all your filming needs. For enquiries about filming in Yorkshire contact us on: 0113 236 8228 or

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    Olivia Thomas, Film Office Co-ordinator

    Olivia is the first point of call for Screen Yorkshire's Crew Service. She is part of the Film Office team and advises on filming enquiries, including locations, crew, facilities and permitting and also maintains our film locations and crew and facilities databases.
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    Chris Hordley, Production Liaison & Development

    Chris provides bespoke advice on regional locations, studios and facilities to UK and international production companies. With over 20 years combined industry and production liaison experience, Chris has secured and supported productions in Yorkshire & Humber including; Peaky Blinders, Happy Valley, Victoria, Ackley Bridge, God's Own Country, Paddington 2, and Transformers: The Last Knight.  He also supports Screen Yorkshire’s senior management team in building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Richard Knight, Production Liaison and Education

    Richard Knight, Production Liaison and Education

    Richard assists with the day to day running of the Film Office and also manages Screen Yorkshire’s training and education programmes. Richard has worked for fifteen years as a location manager, predominantly in Yorkshire on films including Four Lions and This is England, and TV Dramas such as Utopia and Prisoners Wives. As such, he has an excellent knowledge of Yorkshire’s diverse range of locations and the logistics of filming in them.