Filming on the River Thames

And why not? It’s beautiful and provides a much more exciting backdrop to almost any kind of video you can think of than any studio can. We are starting to think of filming on the Thames being a bit like buses at the moment however. We’d had no enquiries since the new year and then all of a sudden 3 come along all at once and confirm straight away too. (It’s this spring weather, everyone wants to get out and about).

Last week we were lucky enough to have the venerable and illustrious Football Association themselves on board filming the promo for the building excitement around the FA Trophy final between Gosport Borough and Cambridge United.

You can also see it and find out more on TheFA.com. They were on board the William B, a great boat for filming with plenty of space, a large open top deck and large inside saloon also. The weather was good and so like most people the crew opted for the top deck so they (and you) could enjoy the fantastic sights of London. On board, the Cambridge United manager Richard Money and his Gosport Borough counterpart Alex Pike analysed the prospects and their journey to the final with some input from some key players too. Of course the big match has passed now and we’d like to send our congratulations to Cambridge United on their fantastic 4-0 win. How about a team Xmas party on board at the end of the year?!

We can’t talk about our other filming events lined up at the moment but they are very different and no less exciting. Indeed one of them will see us hosting a true sporting legend. Watch this space!

We are very used to hosting film crews on the river and can guide you every step of the way, of course packaging just the itinerary you want as well. Just tap into our Thames knowledge of the piers and sights to come up with the right programme (excuse the pun) for you.

When filming on the river you have to get a permit from the Port of London Authority and we can help you through this process. We have experience with working with many film crews and can provide special packages and expertise for:

– Feature films

– Documentaries

– News items

– Event filming

– Promo shoots

– Interviews

Of course the Thames has had it’s own starring role on more than one occasion. Back in 1935 this British Film Institute film shows it in full Technicolor glory in ‘Colour on the Thames’. The abstract but enchanting Thames narrated by John Hurt takes us along the flow of the Thames, then in more recent times James Bond himself brought an explosion or three to the London river in fantastic river scenes in The World is Not Enough and dear old (young) Harry Potter whizzed through Tower Bridge souped up broomstick-style in Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix.

A quick straw poll in the office reveals the Thames Leisure fave though – who else but David Beckham looking his suave best bringing the Olympic Flame downstream to the Olympic park on a sleek speedboat. Our office is mostly staffed by girls – that might explain that choice.

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