Welcome to South West Film Location Solutions, I am offering my location assistant & location scouting services totally FREE of charge anywhere in the UK while I gain experience and industry credits for Film & TV Location Management. My name's Phil Markey and if you're a production company or even a small-scale photo shoot please get in-touch with me to discuss your requirements.
I'm based in Cornwall and as I've walked the South West coast path and frequently hike throughout the whole of the South West (actually I've hiked through every county in England, Scotland and Wales) I know masses of ideal photo & filming locations. As I said, I'm based in Cornwall but mainly cover Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Wiltshire. I'm also a qualified mountain leader so I'm also exceptionally familiar with the whole of Wales and Scotland.
With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from government is constantly being updated.
On-location productions may now go ahead. Risk assessments will be carried out on each location; Government recommended social distancing recommendations shall be adhered to where possible; Face-masks will be worn where needed; People numbers inside buildings will be kept to the minimum; Attention will be paid to frequent cleaning/sterilizing of surfaces and hand-washing.
I have 33 years expedition logistics experience world-wide through 66 countries. I have worked with wildlife film makers and photographers as fixer & logistics management in Taiwan, China, Japan, Slovakia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. My main line of work is that of expedition leader offering scientific, botanical and wildlife tours & expeditions to remote wilderness locations worldwide (but mainly in Asia) via my company Nature Expeditions Ltd. Obviously this is all second nature to me, with so many years experience working in the travel industry, I manage complex overseas group management and travel on a daily basis to some of the most remote places on the planet. So I'm very familiar with acquiring permits for all kinds of things and I'm excellent at negotiating price. As a mountaineer I hold all the safety and risk assessment qualifications - I possess the full, and current ITC SQA accreditation certificate in outdoor first aid and hold the Royal Geographical Society’s Off-Site Safety Management certification, which is the ultimate qualification for outdoor location safety management. Conform to the British Standard for adventurous activities inside & outside the United Kingdom (BS 8848). I hold the Mountain Leader qualification so highly trained in weather forecasting, remote group safety management, environment issues etc. Furthermore, my mountaineering logbook currently stands at 598 assents worldwide. So I obviously also know many ideal wild filming locations throughout Wales and Scotland.
I speak fluent Mandarin Chinese and can be your interpreter here or abroad. 在英国拍摄期间，我会说中文，并且可以担任您的翻译。 I welcome hearing your requirements for any overseas fixer and location scouting work. But I don't offer this free of charge!
Accomplished stills photographer - mainly wildlife and landscapes, but I'm confident I can present good photographic representation of your location requirements.
Way back in the early 1990s I worked for a time in the music events industry - arranged many live performances for mainstream Taiwan and Chinese bands, and I worked as location manager for the Kenting Spring Scream Music Festival in Taiwan.
I also have a BSc (Hons) degree in natural science if that's any use to you! I'm a wildlife expert.
Yes there's more! I have expertise in driver logistics - I hold a driving licence to drive any motor vehicle including motorcycle, car, LGV lorries with trailer, and minibus. Up-to-date driver CPC. I have driven through 37 countries on various expeditions, and have extensive experience driving buses, motorcycles, 4×4, 6×6 and 8×8 trucks through all terrains off-road and have the ability to move any amount of kit into remote locations. I can work with you to source all the production vehicles you need and I can operate as a driver for any of them. Please note that the south west has some very small winding roads and parking a convoy of large vehicles can be very tricky down here! We need to consider this during our planning consultations. I also hold a PADI open water diving licence, and I am proud to say that I am awarded a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) based on my expedition achievements worldwide.
As an add-on to the vehicle logistics - my brother owns a collection of historic vehicles including vintage cars, tractors and motorcycles, but also military trucks from the UK and Russia. And I have many contacts throughout the south west of historic vehicle owners who could be approached.
Before you go ahead and send me an email via the button below it would be beneficial for both of us if you identify all the different aspects in the industry for which you would like my assistance with your project. Obviously, you'll want to handle some aspects yourself, but also tick any for which you'll need to work together with me. You can easily do this by checking all the relevant boxes listed below.
Would you like to earn extra income from your property?
Are you interested in welcoming a film crew into your home, a warehouse, a rural location, interesting outside spaces, or derelict building for it to be used as a film or photography location?