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The history of filming in BC is longer and more complex than most people think. The industry began in 1913 but had its first big Hollywood boom in 1930. This was when producers came to make what became known as "quota quickies". The parade of Hollywood celebrities began and it wasn't out of the ordinary to see Bob Hope or Ginger Rogers strolling around downtown Vancouver.

The arrival of television brought new ideas to the industry. The show "The Littlest Hobo" was the first series shot here (1963-1965) and ended up being syndicated around the world. Since then, Vancouver has been home to many popular productions. Last year, BC was home to almost 200 productions. BC is a place where business, government, labour and the community work together to support the province’s billion-dollar film industry.

The film industry in BC has experienced tremendous growth over the past 20 years, leading to the development of a broad and prime base of support and services, consisting of skilled professionals, crews and companies dedicated to the film industry.

The B.C. Film Industry

  • In 1978, BC's film/ TV industry spent over $12 million
  • In 1998, BC's film/ TV industry spent over $807 million
  • In 1999, it's reached $1 billion
  • In 2000, the film and television industry spent approximately $1.18 billion, creating an economic impact of $3.3 billion.
  • In 2000,192 film and television productions were shot in BC. These included 56 feature films, 48 movies-of-the-week/pilots/mini-series, 36 TV series, 10 animation projects, and 42 documentaries/broadcast singles.
  • In 2001, 197 productions were shot in the province in 2001, according to numbers compiled by the British Columbia Film Commission. Of that number, 113 were Canadian productions, worth $251.6 million; and 84 were foreign productions, worth $856.8 million.
  • Foreign production reached a record high of $856.8 million - a 12.5 per cent increase from the previous.
  • Domestic non-theatrical productions (corporate videos, commercials) accounted for $ 62 million
  • Foreign non-theatrical productions, such as corporate videos and commercials, accounted for at least $167 million in additional spending.
  • The industry has grown at an annual rate of 21 percent over the past 10 years
  • According to BC Film Commission statistics, 35,000 people in BC are employed in the film industry- with 97% of production crews being made up of local people.

Production Facilities in B.C.

  • B.C. is home to hundreds of film/video companies, talent agencies, post production facilities, shooting stages and water tank facilities.
  • B.C. has the ability to crew and service 35 projects simultaneously
  • Lions Gate Studios and Vancouver Film Studios are two of the largest film and television studio facilities in Canada.
  • The Bridge Studios, located in Burnaby, has one of the largest special effects stages in North America.
  • British Columbia is the third-largest production centre in North America after New York and Los Angeles.


Graphs courtesy of: B.C. Film Commission Website. http://www.bcfilmcommission.com


Film and Television Produced in B.C.

  • The film industry in BC has experienced tremendous growth over the past 20 years, leading to the development of a broad and prime base of support and services, consisting of skilled professionals, crews and companies dedicated to the film industry.
  • Some of the major movies and television series shot in B.C. in recent years include: Air Bud, Along Came A Spider, Antitrust, Better Than Chocolate, Beautiful Joe, Beggars & Chooser, Breaking News, Cold Squad, Dark Angel, Da Vinci's Inquest, Detox, Double Jeopardy, Duets, Get Carter, Josie & the Pussycats, Lake Placid, Legends of the Fall, Like Cats & Dogs, Millennium, Mission to Mars, Mysterious Ways, On the Sixth Day, Outer Limits, The Pledge, Reindeer Games, Romeo Must Die, Rumble in the Bronx, Saving Silverman, Say It Isn't So, Scarlet Letter, Snow Falling on Cedars, Stargate - SG 1, The Sweet Hereafter, 13th Warrior, 3000 Miles to Graceland, This Boy's Life, and The X-Files.
  • BC is a place where business, government, labour and the community work together to support the province’s billion-dollar film industry.
  • B.C. has its own healthy film industry that produces promotional films, corporate films and commercials as well as documentaries.

 

How It Benefits B.C.

  • Hotels, food suppliers, accounting services, vehicle rentals, gas stations and lumberyards are just a few of the businesses that benefit directly and significantly from production activity
  • Motion picture production is non-polluting, value-added, labour intensive, represents foreign investment and diversifies the B.C. economy
  • People can register their homes, businesses, vehicles, props and talent for free to get involved in the film industry

Information and statistics courtesy of:
http://www.bcfilmcommission.com
http://www.crfilm.ca/film_info/industry_stats.htm
http://www.city.victoria.bc.ca/business
http://www.ecdev.gov.bc.ca/ProgramsAndServices/FilmIndustry/default.htm


 

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