GOOD Omens creator Neil Gaiman and director Douglas Mackinnon had to “prove” to Amazon bosses that the big-budget show could be made in Scotland.
In its first series, the cult show – based on the 1990 novel written by Gaiman and the late Terry Prachett – was shot in places like England and South Africa.
Earlier this summer, it was announced that production on the sequel, which stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen, would take place in Scotland, where Mackinnon is from and where Gaiman has a home on Skye.
Today, the colleagues appeared in a masterclass at the Edinburgh TV Festival, where they praised Scotland’s booming film and television industry.
After years of investment and promotion, the country regularly attracts major shoots like the one for the upcoming Indiana Jones sequel. Crowds gathered to see part of Glasgow city center transformed into 1960s New York City in July, as a stuntman dressed as a Batman drew attention when capturing scenes from the Batmobile for a film version by The Flash.
The Rig, set on an oil rig, was recently filmed here and will also air on Amazon, as will Anansi Boys, another adaptation of Gaiman. This will be done at the same time as Good Omens and, speaking to event chairperson Raisah Ahmed, who is also screenwriter and director, Mackinnon said: “We had to prove that we could take them both to Scotland.
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“There were puzzled looks on the zoom call from Los Angeles. They then left trying to figure out where Scotland was.
“We have the crème de la crème of local talent. ‘Local’ makes it seem slightly embarrassed. I’m glad we’re finally bringing these shows here with Neil – it feels like everyone’s up for it. do them, there is no shyness. ”
The Man from Skye, whose credits also include Doctor Who, The Line of Duty and Silent Witness, told the audience: “You can make one of the greatest TV shows in the world and you don’t need to. go to London.
“By the time we came to bring Good Omens, it was really clear to me that we could make it happen.”
The first series of Good Omens was produced by BBC Studios. Gaiman recounted how they faced budget issues in the process, recalling how an accountant ‘would be in place’ to notify them of black holes reaching £ 1million or more.
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He said: “The pockets of the BBC are only going as far as the share of the licensing fees for this project, these days it’s not necessarily deep enough.”
Working with a streaming platform, Uig-born Mackinnon said: “There are good and bad things about streamers, just like the BBC and ITV, but if you land in a happy time, it is certainly good for you. ”