By now you’ve probably seen either Deadpool or the X-Files reboot. Both have been huge ratings successes and are unmistakably Vancouver. They’re also unmistakable signs the local film industry is at the top of it’s game.
But they’re not happening in a void. Between 2014 and 2015 production in the city has ramped up exponentially.
Try these numbers on:
Films more than doubled form 36 to 78. TV shows jumped form 34 to 45. Even the number of commercials shot in town has exploded from 105 to 158.
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John Shore with Bright Lights Pictures says while he’s seen the industry go through its ups and downs, the latest surge is unprecedented.
“We’ve been at it for almost 20 years, and seen the cycles, and this is quite extreme and quite unbelievable, and we’re very happy to be a part of it.”
While much of the attention for the surge in business has focused on the tanking Canadian dollar, Shore says there’s more to it than that.
For one, he says B.C.’s favourable tax credits for TV and film production have played a decisive role.
But he says the third ingredient has been a global one: fans hungry for new productions.
“The other thing is there is quite a strong demand for content today, new channels emerging, Amazon, Netflix, new channels for content distribution on the web.”
But with B.C. back on top, it’s put the industry in a bit of a tight spot, when it comes to labour and equipment.
Shore says such huge demand, the challenge becomes making sure corners aren’t cut and the product doesn’t suffer.
But he says it’s a problem we’re lucky to have.
“Today we’re seeing an ever present need for more talent, and young blood coming into the industry are certainly getting their opportunities to gain that experience, but it is a challenge and there is a cap for how much work can actually happen in town.”