Last night, the BAFTA Scotland Awards Ceremony opened with EE Film Stories: BAFTA Scotland, a short film starring acclaimed location manager Lloret Mackenna Dunn.
Hosted by Edith Bowman, the BAFTA Scotland Awards honour the very best talent in film, games and television produced in Scotland over the last year, and the EE film kicked off the live-stream of the ceremony, spotlighting some of the country’s most dramatic locations through the eyes and the phone screen of expert, Dunn, and her team.
The full EE Film Stories screened exclusively at the BAFTA Scotland Awards, and has been created in partnership between the UK’s number one network and BAFTA Scotland. The film highlights how new technology, such as EE’s latest 5G network, is, currently continuing to support and enhance the lives of those working in the Scottish film and television industries.
With over 25 years’ industry experience, and a wide range of credits including Outlaw King, Trainspotting, Stag, World War Z, Fast & Furious 6 and Doomsday, Dunn stars alongside location scout Amelia Jacobsen, from Edinburgh, and location assistant Evie Harkins, from Glasgow.
The production was supported by Julie Dunn, a locally based camera assistant, and member of BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew; the professional development programme that supports the next generation of film, games and television talent with insights from BAFTA-winners and nominees, a community of peers and future collaborators, and mentoring.
Lloret Mackenna Dunn, acclaimed location manager, says: “2020 has been a tumultuous time for the industry and, of course, beyond. But I have been encouraged and inspired by the innovations that allow us to bring colleagues from all over the world to the wonders of Scotland live and, in the moment, through the power of a 5G phone.
“Previously, we’d have 25 people on location, now with reliable, near-instant network connection, I use high-quality video calls and images to recce with my team remotely and make decisions quickly. Technology is vital now, more than ever, as it enables us to keep working through this tough time and I wanted this to come through in the EE Film Stories.”
Jude MacLaverty, Director at BAFTA Scotland, adds: “BAFTA continues to support the industry to stay connected and creatively engaged during this difficult period and we’re delighted that we’re able to deliver the BAFTA Scotland Awards, albeit in a slightly different format, once again this year. EE Film Stories will showcase just how our industries have continued to connect with one another, and how integral technology, such as EE’s 5G network, has been for our industries to stay connected whilst working creatively.”
Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at BT and EE, comments: “Our role, as the UK’s number one network, is to ensure that we’re not only keeping customers connected, but that we’re always striving to enhance their overall experience. We’re able to do that through 5G, by increasing reliability and speed, helping customers when they need it most – from downloading a massive file in seconds, to hosting high quality video calls so it’s like they’re right there with you. We’re proud to be expanding our 5G network across Scotland to better support the industry, and our customers, through this period of change and beyond.”