Vancouver Headed for Another Record-Breaking Year

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Every year just seems to be bigger than the one before for the film industry in Vancouver, Canada. 2016 saw over fifty active crews in the city, many of whom faced unprecedented labor and equipment shortages as the demand for specialists exploded. At the halfway mark, 2017 is shaping up to be even busier.

Vancouver has stood in for middle-America in hundreds of Hollywood movies. Deadpool is only one of many blockbusters to be shot in a city that welcomes US productions by offering tax incentives, experienced crews, and the benefits of a weak Canadian dollar. Tomorrowland, Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol and the Twilight movies were all shot in Hollywood North, 1,200 miles up the coast from Los Angeles.

Deadpool 2 has recently begun filming in Vancouver, and Mel Gibson is in town with Vince Vaughn making S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete. They are joined by over a dozen television crews currently filming in the city, along with several other indie productions. The desire for Vancouver locations is only expected to rise, fueled by the demand from Netflix, Amazon and other major streaming services for affordable content. There is almost 2.5 million square feet of soundstage on the Lower Mainland, and more is being built to keep up with the demand. It is estimated that US based filmmakers are now pumping over $2 billion into the provincial economy each year and employ thousands of local cast and crew members.

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