Lights, Camera BUT little Action and Lots of Drama
Vancouver has always had the 3rd largest TV and Film Industry in North America outside of Los Angeles and New York that it is often referred to as “Hollywood North”, with the suburbs of Burnaby and the North Shore being a core base for much of the film and TV industries operations and studio setups in Vancouver. Hollywood North has also been a major production centre for US productions and films shot on location in British Columbia.
So, I was really hoping to explore and look a little more into landing myself on a production or major network or channel production while in BC and Vancouver.
However, it seems that now may not be the easiest of times to do so as there has been a shift in the way the film industry is operating in Canada. MURPHY’S LAW right – that is what I thought.
Currently many production houses and film companies in Vancouver are slower than usual and many crews are without work and the simple reason is due to an internal battle between the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario over tax credits.
“Over the last few years, many states and provinces have increased their tax incentives matching and even exceeding the ones offered in British Columbia which has made it more competitive for the province”.
Toronto (Ontario) has been offering production houses and film company’s better tax credits and incentives for moving their film shoots and operations away from Vancouver and into Toronto causing a standoff between the two cities.
It is just ridiculous I think, as they should be focussed on building and strengthening the Canadian film industry as whole and trying to position themselves against larger industries like LA and NYC, rather than battling it out internally.
Toronto snatches Vancouver’s Hollywood North bragging rights; movie numbers show (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/toronto-snatches-vancouver-hollywood-north-bragging-rights-movie-232721457.html)
Fear Mounting Over BC Film Production (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/fears-mounting-over-bc-film-production/article4233468/)
Thousands of film workers gather in North Vancouver to discuss future of industry
I have also seen this trend on the entertainment job pages - in that for every 1 position in Vancouver, there seems to be 3-4 postings for Toronto. I guess I will be widening my search for work in the industry and try to also explore options for Toronto later in the year.
Not only that, but being a foreign TV and film worker who is not unionised and part of a union means there are certain companies and/or jobs or senior positions which you cannot apply for unless you belong to a union, just like in the US.
For now my focus is not really on any kind of TV Production Work but it is still something to think about...
That’s a Wrap.