Shetland has always attracted film-makers. For example, Michael Powell chose Shetland to make one of the early classics of British cinema, The Edge of the World (1937). The BBC has filmed several wildlife documentaries in the islands, including the ground-breaking On The Tracks Of The Wild Otter (1983), by Hugh Miles, which drew 17.3 million viewers on BBC1. In 2010, Simon King made a much-praised documentary series about our wildlife, Simon King's Shetland Diaries (2010).
More recently, two seasons of the BBC's commissioned crime drama, Shetland, have already been transmitted and a third was filmed in Shetland in 2015.
Another recent production - much smaller in scale but with a worldwide impact - was a television and cinema commercial featuring 'Socks', a Shetland pony, which (last time we checked) had clocked up more than eleven million views on the internet.
There are lots of reasons to choose Shetland for your project and we’ve tried to capture them on this page. For one thing, we're a resourceful community that's used to meeting every kind of challenge, so our helpful and knowledgeable people can track down just about anything you might need. It helps, too, that our summers have more daylight than anywhere else in Britain. And, if you'd like to film a story that's actually set in Shetland, there are some great themes to be explored.
On other parts of this site, you’ll find lots more information about the islands. What’s more, the advice you need is only a phone call or email away.