NFTS Scotland: Filming in Historic Places Online

Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom

Aimed at anyone interested in discovering how to successfully blend a film crew with an historic property, this one-day online workshop is for those either already working in the Film and TV industry, keen to start their career in the Locations department or who are simply interested in learning about what goes on behind the camera.

Based around a short script the workshop will challenge you to suggest options for suitable period locations.  It will guide you through the approach needed to secure the location and take you through all the elements required to marry the needs of a film crew with the sensitive environment of an historic property, often accommodating the property’s visitor numbers.

The day will consist of two live workshop sessions involving case studies, discussions and collaborative working periods highlighting the structure that the Locations department provides to ensure the success of any shoot. 

The aim of the workshop is to increase your knowledge of Scotland’s period locations and to show you how to identify the Architects and building styles involved and use these to help identify what works for the script. You will also be taught how to create a Location Library to store your digital photos and the tools needed to maintain it for the future as well as making a contact list of sources.

A one-to-one feedback and review session will be made available to each participant after the course.


The course is led by Lloret MacKenna Dunn, a freelance Supervising Location Manager, who has for over 25 years relished the challenges presented by Scotland's Film and TV industry. Working in Locations across film, TV and commercials, her recent credits include Netflix Eurovision, Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose, T2 Trainspotting and the BBC Scotland’s Only An Excuse.

'I am extremely pleased at the online course given by Lloret Dunn. It surpassed my expectation... The quality was excellent and the content clear, concise and enlightening. Ms. Dunn is an amazing personable instructor who brings the subject to life. Her experience and vast knowledge is appreciated. This is my second course (via NFTS Scotland) facilitated by Ms. Dunn and look forward to others she may give.' (The Location Series with Lloret MacKenna Dunn)

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £150
Corporate Rate: £240

The course fee advertised is subsidised for freelancers by ScreenSkills with support from the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy; as part of work to diversify the screen industry workforce, this year there is also a further reduction in fees of up to 50% available for freelancers with disabilities and/or who are from black, Asian or minority ethnic groups. Please advise in your application statement if you are eligible and are applying for this reduction. 

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


The NFTS Scotland bursary fund is currently closed for this course and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding to support the cost of this course if required. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please allow yourself enough time to secure funding when considering your application.



How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to apply.