Information for Film and Media Production

The UK fishing industry and the prominence of Bridlington as Europe's largest shellfish landing port is of interest to a wide audience. Sharing our story is an important part of what HFIG does. For producers and media teams, getting the best content while on site can be difficult without having some advanced knowledge.  We encourage producers looking to create content related to the fishing industry to contact  Jamie Robertson (j.robertson@ hfig.org.uk) ahead of any visit.

  • Fishermen do not work regular hours - Fishing along the Holderness Coast is both weather and tide dependent.  Boats often leave and/or return during the most unsociable hours.  When on Harbour, fishermen are either getting ready to sail and are anxious to go or have just returned after many long, hard hours at sea and want to be home with their families. Scheduling an interview with a fisherman can be difficult.  If weather keeps them in port, they are either busy with boat and gear maintenance or having a well-earned rest. It is possible, however, and arrangements can be made through Jamie Robertson (j.robertson@hfig.org.uk).
  • The landing companies also do not work regular hours - Just as the fishermen work when tides and weather allow, the landing companies work when the fishermen return.  Their duties continue after the fishermen leave and the day's catch needs to be processed and loaded on to the various waiting vehicles to transport shellfish around the world.  Contact information for arranging interviews with landing companies can be provided.
  • Bridlington is a tidal harbour - At low tide, the harbour basin is drained of its water and is not as picturesque as it is a few hours either side of high tide.  The beaches north and south of harbour, however, are quite expansive and impressive at low tide. Tide tables for Bridlington are available on-line at either Tide-Forecast.com or the BBC. Alternatively, contact us for advice on scheduling shots around tide times. 
  • Filming at sea - While it is not usually possible to film aboard a working fishing vessel, the R/V Huntress can work standard pots in the same manner (but a bit slower) as the commercial fishermen. The R/V Huntress can also serve as a platform for filming other working fishing vessels by running alongside. The R/V Huntress, which can carry up to 12 passengers, is available for hire at a reduced day-rate for filming purposes depending on requirements. We carry full public liability insurance. More information about the R/V Huntress can be found on our webpage here. Contact Jamie Robertson (j.robertson@hfig.org.uk) to make inquires regarding capabilities, costings, and availability.
  • Drone usage - The use of drones at sea can be accomplished from the open deck of the R/V Huntress (see image here). The use of drones in and around the Harbour requires permission from the Harbourmaster (telephone Bridlington Harbour Offices on 01262 670148). You must employ your own licensed drone pilot; if you require one, we can recommend a selection of pilots with whom we have worked in the past.
  • Fees - HFIG can offer advice, arrange interviews, suggest filming locations, provide statistics and other vital information regarding the industry, give industry opinions on a variety of topics (including Brexit), suggest accommodation, and help ensure your project is a success. For large-scale, complex productions, formal arrangements regarding a fee for our services can be arranged. For smaller projects, a voluntary contribution towards our research program is always appreciated.

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