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14 Nov 2018

Lights, camera, fact-ion

Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce in the Outlaw King film. In this still, he is shown higher than his surrounding men, who carry shields and spears.
We’re bringing Scotland to the silver screen! Property manager and Bannockburn specialist Scott McMaster went behind the scenes on Netflix’s acclaimed Outlaw King, supporting the film’s cast and crew as lead historical advisor.

Bringing his 10 years of experience with the National Trust for Scotland as an expert on Robert the Bruce and 9 years as property manager at Bannockburn Visitor Centre to the film industry, Scott first joined the production team by offering some historical pointers towards the script. However, it wasn’t long before his name was in the credits as an all-encompassing advisor for the crew.

During his moment in the limelight, Scott worked with director David Mackenzie and the film crew on every aspect of the production, from costumes to weaponry, and even on the possible motives of the main title character.

Scott also had the opportunity to mingle with the stars, guiding Hollywood A-lister Chris Pine, who plays Robert the Bruce, through the character’s role and history. He said: ‘I spent a lot of time with Chris as he was preparing to start filming. He visited Bannockburn to fully immerse himself in the history, learning everything he could about the character and his story. He’s a highly professional, dedicated actor and was fully committed to portraying the role as best he could from what we know of Bruce’s motives.’

The actor Chris Pine greets another man and claps his hand on his shoulder at an awards ceremony, lit with pink and blue lights.
Scott McMaster and Chris Pine at the recent Outlaw King premiere in Edinburgh
“The whole experience was a great opportunity to put my research to good use and to be part of such an exciting project for Scottish history. The film uses some poetic licence to create a gripping story but is a brilliantly gritty depiction of the hardship and success of the life of Robert the Bruce.”
Scott McMaster, Property Manager and Bannockburn expert

Scott even joined the glitz and glamour of the film’s red-carpet premiere in Edinburgh and was gifted a souvenir from his time behind the camera – a Warknife – used in the movie by one of the Bruce brothers.

In addition to Scott’s role in the production, the crew also filmed a stunning aerial shot at the Three Sisters in Glencoe. Outlaw King is available to view on Netflix.

The Trust’s Battle of Bannockburn Experience in Stirling is one of the best places in Scotland to learn more about Robert the Bruce. Visitors can come face to face with a 3D version of the man himself and get an insight into how his strategy and tactics from Loudon Hill went on to influence the outcome of another important battle, as well as pay tribute at the famous bronze statue.

Jonathan Brown, Operations Manager at the Battle of Bannockburn Experience said: ‘For centuries, people have visited Bannockburn to pay tribute to Robert the Bruce and learn more about this fascinating period in Scotland’s history. Outlaw King showcases this story for a huge global audience and we hope it will encourage even more people to explore our beautiful country to learn more about its amazing history and heritage, which our charity is proud to play a part in protecting.’

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this for the Love of Scotland.

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