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Small Time Productions
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SmallTime Productions include Braveheart actor James Cosmo, Musician Dave Stewart, Film Maker Rick Wood and Financier Roy Davis.

James Cosmo:
James is probably best known for his role as the grizzled warrior Campbell in ‘Braveheart’. His impassioned performance made it seem possible that such a man as Campbell really existed 700 years ago. A man who cared so much about his beloved Scotland that he could endure the bite of an English arrow, break it off and continue fighting.

Cosmo grew up in Clydebank in West Central Scotland and while most of his classmates headed for the all too familiar shipyards or for a life at sea James opted for the stage. And as they say the rest is history!

Although he’s now based in London James real life love of his native country, pulled him up north to help back Scotland’s’ first film studio in Inverness. He was inspired to get behind the project after the filming of ‘Braveheart’ moved to Ireland because it offered tax incentives. James was incensed: ’ I saw the positive effect that shooting had on the Fort William area and was determined to do something’

The £20 million Highland Studio complex on the outskirts of the city will include a studio, multi-media centre, 200-bedroom hotel, and 10,000 sqft retail unit and visitor centre. Plus Scotlands first Film School offering courses in writing, directing, camera work and sound and lighting.

Other films James has to his credit ‘To End All Wars’, ‘Once Upon a Time in the Midlands’, ‘Emma’, ‘Last of the Blonde Bombshells’,  ‘Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe’, ‘Highlander’ and as the voice of Thelonius the orangutan in ‘Babe: Pig In the City’.

James is currently filming for the BBC in Scotland.

Dave Stewart:
It’s almost impossible to keep up with all of Dave’s activities. A true renaissance man he’s constantly involved in projects relating to music but also to film, photography, television and the Internet. He’s producing a new album for reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and has recorded an album with Gary ‘Mudbone’ Cooper.  His new Artist Network label releases both albums.

Dave’s also a partner in the Highland Film Studio in Inverness and is expected to co-produce the studios first feature ‘Garden of Angels’. A £20 million pound project based on the experiences of two women who founded the spiritual movement the Findhorn Foundation.

Rick Wood:
Rick has worked in the film and television industry for over 25 years.  He began his career behind the camera at an early age in his native Aberdeen and progressed with the help of a local amateur film unit. Later he studied Film and Television Production at Aberdeen University Kings College Television service. Following years of freelancing he finally took the plunge in 1983 and started his own company TVP Film & Multi-Media and he’s still producing films and commercials after 19 years in the industry.

Rick’s directorship is shared with his two sons Ranald and Ricky who play an important role in the running of the business and together they challenge new technologies for the future.

Rick’s a qualified diver and his adventurous spirit and hunger for film making have taken him to locations like the Red Sea, Midway, Truk Lagoon, Scapa Flow and Florida Keys.

He’s recently finished his first Hollywood film as DOP (Director of Photography) on ‘To End All Wars’ starring Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland and James Cosmo (released March 2003).

Rick is also a partner in the Highland Film Studios. A project he believes will change the face of the Scottish movie industry by offering film makers professional facilities with global links.

The studio has already met with the approval of Hollywood directors Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

Other Films to his credit include ‘A Fish Eye View’ for Channel 4, The Fishmonger (drama), ‘The Ghost Ships of Scapa Flow’, ‘Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon’, ‘Through the Key Hole’ (BBC) and a host of commercial and industrial films.

Roy Davis:
Roy’s been the Managing Director of RDA Associates since 1990.

He was previousily Projects Director with Bovis Construction working on the Heathrow Expansion project to a total of £60m. He was responsible for the redevelopment of Harper Collins Publishing’s Hammersmith site with a project value of around £8m.

In 2002 RDA assisted Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics in the project management of the fit-out and design of The Marquee. The first purpose built digitally enabled, live music venue in the country.

Roy’s also a partner in the Highland Studios located just outside Inverness. RDA is assisting in the management consultancy and project management development of the 3 film studios, multi-media centre, tourist attractions, restaurant, retail development and 230-bedroom hotel complex.

RDA’s client base is extensive, working on projects with companies like The Artist Network, British Airports, Nat West Bank and Tarmac Construction.

As you can see the four men behind SmallTime Productions are diverse characters but they do share certain passions - Scotland and it’s heritage.

Their main objective is to produce Scottish films for an international market of patriots who are continuing to preserve the heritage of our Scottish forefathers.

They believe that despite its’ size Scotland has a thousand and one historical stories to tell and a wealth of courageous, creative and colourful characters to share with the world.

Their first project ‘In Search of Robert Burns’ was born out of a desire to reveal the ‘real man’ behind the poetry.  Burns the traveller, the nationalist, the revolutionary thinker, the excise man, the Freemason, the atheist and ‘heaven sent ploughman’. The team achieved this by visiting the places, which inspired Burns to write.  Places like Alloway, Edinburgh, the Highlands, Killicrankie and Bannockburn. By delving into his relationships with people like Mary Campbell (Highland Mary), Nellie Kirkpatrick, and William Fisher (Holy Wullie) they were able to show what compelled Burns to write.

Future projects for ‘SmallTime Productions’ include ‘In Search of Bonnie Prince Charlie’ with a soundtrack by Annie Lennox‘, ‘In Search of William Wallace’ and a full length special effects movie of ‘Tam O’Shanter’.

The dedicated team are also planning to set up a tartan broadband channel that will screen quality Scottish programmes.

To get your copy of ‘In Search of Robert Burns’ contact

For more information about SmallTime Productions go to Or call 01224-637596.

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