B.C.’s film industry is setting up for a busy summer, with the city of Vancouver the site of some major productions – including Star Trek’s third installment.
Vancouver has already seen some big-name films like “Deadpool” with Ryan Reynolds shut down traffic in downtown.
The packed schedule, however, is pushing some low budget films to look east towards places like the Fraser Valley.
“Every week we have people calling and producers and directors and location managers make appointments.”
Ridge Studios Manager John Wittmayer has turned an old bingo hall in Maple Ridge into a studio fit for films with budgets around $3-million.
“The concept here is to have stand alone sets like a hospital set, police station and those kinds of sets which are difficult to find if not impossible.”
“There’s a additional 6 per cent tax credit bump if you come out to these regions and so you get the base tax credit in Metro Vancouver but you get an additional tax 6 per cent if you bring film out into the valley.”
Wittmayer’s plan is to keep his studio low budget – but says Disney, ABC, and LionsGate have also shown interest.