Forget your London locations, film production in Manchester is what makes our hearts sing. As a Manchester production company ourselves, it is possible we’re being slightly biased. However, just to prove our point, we’ve drafted a few good reasons below...
- Cheaper than London
As any Londoner will know all too well, property prices in the capital are some of the most expensive in Europe and perhaps even the world. This trend extends to other types of property too, such as film studios and location shoots.
For this reason, booking your film production in Manchester, for instance, can be a significantly cheaper option. Venture up north, and you’ll find creative cities full of production experts. Another top tip? Find a Manchester production company that has its own studio and offers facilitation services, so you don’t even need to bother finding a space yourself.
- Simpler than New York
Of course Manchester boasts the Coronation Street set in its midst, and plenty of amazing studio spaces, but what about something with a little more history?
Quiet alleys in Manchester’s Northern Quarter have hosted film sets for popular British-based content such as Peaky Blinders. The city’s wealth of perfectly-preserved architecture from the industrial era makes it the perfect setting for productions set in the nineteenth century.
Manchester’s streets have also been used for New York-based films, including Spiderman and Captain America. Until recent years, the two cities were closely connected by the cotton industry, and Manchester’s historic building facades, warehouses and fire escapes are almost identical to those found in New York City. However, film production in Manchester is far more affordable than in the big apple, so some directors choose to use creative license.
- Cooler than the countryside
There’s a good reason so many up-and-coming directors embrace film production in Manchester. Our hometown is fast becoming a go-to city for filmmakers in search of incredibly versatile locations. From grittier graffiti-covered back streets to gleaming new high-rise buildings, there’s a bold backdrop to suit everyone’s tastes.
But don’t worry - if it’s rolling green fields and nature you’re looking for, we’re also within a stone’s throw of the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales for any countryside shooting needs. In fact, this Manchester production company has plenty of experience filming up hills, across fields and alongside rivers, we’re a hardy bunch!
- Amazing amenities
Manchester is known as the UK’s second city for good reason. We’re right at the heart of major transport links, a thriving media sector and a whole host of incredible talent. We’re home to directors, producers, crew and talent who can make your dream campaign a reality.
For this reason, film production in Manchester isn’t the headache-inducing experience you may face in more remote locations. We have all the technology, plenty of industry experts and a plethora of models, actors, even animal performers!
If you’re looking for a Manchester production company to show you around this fabulous city, look no further. The Gate Films is here to help.