Sintons enables Transformers blockbuster
The region was captivated by the visit of Hollywood stars last October, including Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins, who were shooting scenes from 3D sci-fi epic Transformers: The Last Knight.
Among the locations for filming were central Newcastle – from which unauthorised footage of a car chase went viral – as well as in Alnwick and Bamburgh in Northumberland.
Following on from its role in major productions including Harry Potter, Alnwick Castle was again chosen as a setting for a major Hollywood movie.
While the exact nature of what was filmed had remained a closely-guarded secret until the release of the fifth and latest Transformers instalment, the influx of high-profile stars and the fact the region again features in a major blockbuster movie has been hailed as a major boost to the North East’s economy.
Newcastle law firm Sintons oversaw the contractual aspects of Alnwick Castle being able to host the filming, which also saw more than 200 crew members move into the town during the two-day shoot.
Pippa Aitken, an IP and contracts specialist at Sintons, handles the ongoing contractual work for events for Alnwick Castle, with Partner Sarah Smith handling all licensing for the internationally-recognised tourist venue.
“Transformers: The Last Knight has been hugely anticipated and for the North East to be chosen as one of the filming venues is fantastic and hugely positive for the region and our inbound tourism in particular,” said Pippa, an Associate at Sintons.
“Alnwick Castle is known around the world as one of Britain’s most iconic castles and home to the Duke of Northumberland for over 700 years, but more recently has become known by a younger generation for its role in Harry Potter and now Transformers.
“It is an honour to act for such a prestigious venue, and we are thrilled to be able to have played a role in the North East again being seen on the big screen.”