NFTS Scotland: A World of Locations On Your Doorstep Online

Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom

Finding Moscow In Motherwell, Iraq In Inverness, Art Deco in Argyll Street and The Biblical In a Basement...

This one-day online workshop will teach you how to see filming possibilities in the locations around you by focusing on options for some of the types of locations most often requested: differing periods in time, other cities of the world and substituting one place for another.

The day will consist of two live workshop sessions plus online scouting exercises.  A short script, given in advance, will provide the inspiration for the locations to be found and research guidance, case studies, discussions and collaborative working sessions will support the scouting process. 

The aim of the workshop is to increase your knowledge of the location potential around you and to show you how to effectively present and pitch your suggestions to a Location Manager, Director and Designer. 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.

This workshop is ideal for anyone wanting to learn what to look for when scouting for locations and how to find the creative possibilities in all that surrounds them.


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 I 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: £245

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. 


If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

Please note that bursary funding availability from NFTS Scotland is limited and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding as well. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Pease register your interest to be advised of future dates.