Shooting begins on project to turn Elgin into a giant cinema

Movie cameras starting rolling in Elgin over the weekend as work on the first 50 short films depicting local people got under way.

The filming is part of a £40,000 project funded by Creative Scotland that aims to turn Elgin’s High Street into a giant theatre over Christmas.

‘Street Scene’ is the creation of Wildbird, a Moray arts company who secured the funding for the project and set up a pop-up studio in the St Giles Centre as their base for creating the films.

One of the first to feature in the production was the manager of WH Smith, Lisa Dethick, who said: “Filming was fine – I think this is a brilliant, fun idea and everybody is quite excited about it.

“My staff are going to get involved as well although we still have not decided exactly what to do.”

Elgin BID are also supporting the project with manager Gill Neill commenting: “We are really pleased we have been able to help the project use the centre as a base and to have promoted it to the businesses in town.”

Wildbird are still looking for local volunteers to help with the project, which will feature people from the community saying something interesting, hard-hitting or just silly.

A spokesman said: “If you are a company who wishes to take part in this project then please contact Jacqueline Bennett, Project Manager, at

“We will be looking for all sorts of people, and all sorts of windows, on the High Street. We will need access to some amazing spaces up and down Elgin’s main pedestrianised city centre.

“We are also looking for local groups and individuals who would like to get involved in any part of the process and ask them to contact us for more information.”

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