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#261 Spy Black

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 12:22 PM

They would have to be members of either IATSE #891, IATSE #669, or ACFC 2020 in order to work on any of the larger films in B.C.

Membership in those three unions is held by B.C. residents.


Here on Vancouver Island could be where the 60% local crew data comes from.

In the past few years, Vancouver Island, and Victoria specifically has developed enough homegrown talent to support approximately 3 large scale shoots at the same time and all largely staffed with CRD locals.

Still, many of the Department Heads come from Vancouver (making up the other 40%).


So really, all crew but the senior artistic team (DP, Director, Art Director, etc) on any given film production in B.C., also live in B.C.


It gets quite complicated, but generally all filmmaking in B.C. signs either this contract - https://bccfu.com ... or the ACFC contract on this page - https://cmpa.ca/labo...ments-and-fees/

Those two contracts between various B.C. filmmaking unions and big international production companies describe 98%+ of the filmmaking that takes place in B.C. ... and largely explains why (at the crew positions) ... only B.C. residents work on large B.C. film productions.

Edited by Spy Black, 21 May 2021 - 12:26 PM.

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#262 spanky123

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Posted 22 May 2021 - 08:58 AM

Thank you very much for the explanation Spy Black.

#263 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 04:19 AM

Camosun College wants to change the film sector for the better on Southern Vancouver Island and are making headway in their construction of the educational film studio at the college.

The provincial government provided Camosun College with a $150,000 grant to put together a business case that is now almost complete. Their next steps are to put their feelers out there to those who may be interested in building the studio.

“In a sense, we’re creating a partnership opportunity for Camosun to build the studio, a report that will likely be put out in November and an expression of interest will be coming sometime shortly thereafter,” said Geoff Wilmshurst, vice-president of partnerships at the college.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 14 October 2021 - 04:20 AM.

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