Scottish Film Locations is based in Penicuik near Edinburgh. The business is owned and run by professional photographer, actor and scriptwriter,  Al Anderson MSc. ABIPP. 

Al Anderson – Biography


In his early twenties Al studied at The Royal Conservatoire Scotland where he gained qualifications in Stage and Television Production, Management and Design. He then designed operas for the Royal Aberdeen Opera Society. In his mid-twenties he freelanced around Europe, sending his photographs back to various London Picture Agencies.

Next, his true love being the movies, he studied Production, Direction, Cinematography, Writing, Editing and Sound at the Scottish Film School, Napier University, Edinburgh where he received a Master‘s Degree.

Film and TV Production

After having left University, Al worked on various TV and Film Productions, both in front of, and behind the lens, ranging from film extra to director of photography.  He has been an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photographers for over 25 years and long-time member of the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union (BECTU).

Career Highlights

During his career as a professional photographer, Al has photographed politicians and Royalty, Prince Charles, and on several occasions, Princess Anne. He has also photographed many movie stars, Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Oliver Reed, Terrance Stamp, Michael Douglas, Jason Connery, Brian Blessed, Catherine Zeta Jones and many more.

Script Writing

In recent years Al has become interested in script writing. He won an award for his short screenplay “Hell Hath No Fury” at the Richmond (Virginia) International Film Festival and his full length screenplay, “Robert the Bruce King of Scots” was nominated for best Global Script and Best Blockbuster at the Oaxaca International Film Festival.

Al will publish his first novel, “Over the Sea to Spy”. A black comedy. The book is available on Amazon.

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