3. Vancouver, British Columbia
As you might expect from the world’s largest VFX cluster, Vancouver’s 2018 dance card has been heavily populated by processor-reliant superhero shows, including Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow along with VFX-heavy series like Snowpiercer, starring Jennifer Connelly. On top of that a spate of intriguing studio films have made their way to the soundstages this fall: Projects recently filming include the Guillermo del Toro-produced fantasy horror film Antlers, with Keri Russell, the Aubrey Plaza-starring remake of Child’s Play, and Jordon Peele’s highly-anticipated series reboot of The Twilight Zone. (Secrecy is such a priority for the latter that cellphones are reportedly banned on set).
Figures released in July by provincial agency Creative BC show that for the 2017-2018 fiscal year there were 450 incentive-eligible productions in Vancouver supporting 60,000 workers and the BC area, as well as 250 local businesses catering to the industry, including 30 post companies and 100 animation and VFX companies. There was a 30 percent increase over the previous year in the number of productions qualifying for tax credits, for a total of 110 feature films overall versus 164 television shows. BC Creative figures also showed that 2017 was the first year in which British Columbia topped Ontario as the top Canadian destination for film/TV production, if only by a small margin, and noted that expansion into various corners of BC are proceeding apace, with new sound stages going up in Kelowna and on Vancouver Island.
“For two years running, metro Vancouver has been one of MovieMaker’s top two most welcoming cities in North America for moviemakers, both at the studio and indie level,” says Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC. “The reasons are many, from a strong motion picture economy, film-friendly communities and a globally-recognized culture of industry collaboration to a rich and growing festival culture that promotes diversity, emerging talent and, importantly, environmental and social sustainability. It’s not just what we do in British Columbia—it’s how we do it that’s important.”