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Moray based film studio set to capture spirit of the Highlands and boost local communities

By Imogen James

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Tom and Dianne Duncan with Ryan Daglish of Northport.
Tom and Dianne Duncan with Ryan Daglish of Northport.

A MORAY firm will create a film for the Spirit of the Highlands and Islands project.

Northport is a content studio based in Elgin, created in 2017 by Tom and Dianne Duncan.

It covers a wide range of areas including retail, tourism and fashion.

Mrs Duncan said: “People are coming around to the idea that a film studio can operate internationally from the north of Scotland.

“We have shot in such far-flung locations as Sri Lanka, Chile and Hawaii but our heart, and our home, is here in the Highlands. Indeed, High Life Highland’s decision to involve us in the Spirit of the Highlands project will go a long way towards supporting home-grown talent in the creative industries.”

Mr Duncan said: “We’re delighted to be working with High Life Highland on this project.

“The year ahead will be spent capturing cinematic stories from every corner of the Highlands and Islands and our young, ambitious crew can’t wait to get started.

“We want to take our audience off the beaten track and leave a legacy of films which will entertain visitors for years to come.”

In partnership with VisitScotland and announced by High Life Highland, the new project is set to unlock economic potential across the region to boost local communities. It is supported with a grant from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund and by the European Regional Development Fund.

The Inverness Castle development is at the forefront, with hopes that it will become a “gateway” for tourism in the Highlands.

Fiona Hampton, director for the Inverness Castle – Spirit of the Highlands project, said: “We’re very much looking forward to working with Northport which will be capturing fantastic footage of the stories of Highland people that makes our home such an incredible part of the world.”

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