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#21 aastra

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 02:45 PM

So were they trying to protect the Vancouver industry when they came up with that or what?

#22 Rob Randall

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 11:13 AM

As I understand it, tax credits are given to BC production to stimulate the film industry--to steal business away from other provinces and states, basically. The further away from the hub of BC's film industry (Vancouver) you are the bigger the tax credit.

Unfortunately, Victoria is measured by distance, not time, so we get the same credit rate that Vancouver suburbs get despite the fact that it takes an entire day and a lot of money to send a truck over to downtown Vancouver by ferry to grab supplies than it does for a film shooting in White Rock or Surrey.

Has anyone heard that the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver will lead to a decrease in available locations for filming, that this might drive film traffic to Victoria, B.C.?

(I'm asking for a brother, who works in craft services and wondering how the industry is doing now in Victoria in July 2009).


Vancouver is so diversified and spread out I can't see it making a major impact on any planned movie feature unless they were filming on location downtown during the event. Even then, it's just another thing for the locations manager to sort out.

As for Victoria, I hear another Lifetime mini-series will start mid-August.

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#23 aastra

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 02:53 PM

Now you're confusing me. I thought the stupid thing about the credit was that you DO get the credit for locations on Vancouver Island as long as those locations are outside of Victoria?

To me that smells like an effort to distribute movie work throughout BC while also protecting the industry in Vancouver.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 06:51 AM

Now you're confusing me. I thought the stupid thing about the credit was that you DO get the credit for locations on Vancouver Island as long as those locations are outside of Victoria?

To me that smells like an effort to distribute movie work throughout BC while also protecting the industry in Vancouver.


The new DISTANT Location tax credit is 6% and is added to the regional tax credit for principal photography done outside of the Lower Mainland Region, north of Whistler and east of Hope, excluding the Capital Regional District.

The REGIONAL tax credit is 6% of qualified BC labour expenditures of the corporation pro-rated by the number of days of principal photography in BC outside of the designated Vancouver area to the total days of principal photography in BC.

April 2009................The Greater Victoria Film Commission has sharply criticized the province for its distance tax credit, which is designed to encourage film production outside the Lower Mainland. However, southern Vancouver Island has been lumped into the Lower Mainland under the program and is not eligible for the tax credit, which the commission has called unfair. Victoria-area film business has fallen to $7.3 million in 2008 from $28 million in 2005.Campbell made no promises Friday about changes for Victoria.
“I don’t really think you can argue that Victoria is remote,” he said. “I think you can, and we’d be glad to listen to them say, ‘Look, here are the extra challenges that people have.’ We’ve said our principle is we want a level playing field.”
“Victoria may have some additional challenges, but they are not a remote community. What they have is a challenge, for example, with the movement of equipment or materials across with the ferry process. We’d be glad to look at those things.
“But you can’t claim that Victoria is a Smithers or a Vanderhoof, they’re not. So we want to make sure we encourage the film industry to go to locations all over the province.”
Leitch said his provincial motion picture association is glad the government is looking into Victoria’s concerns, but added that film production can be “cyclical” and “there are a whole bunch of factors that determine which locations films go to.”

#25 VicDuck

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 10:02 AM

This is one of a 1000 reasons why i hate Campbell. Campbell doesn't want a level playing field, all he wants is to punish the lower island for not voting for him. When it comes important matters like health care, homelessness and seniors care he throws fair right out the window. All he cares about are his f***ing Olympics which won't create a profit and will leave the taxpayers on the hook.

#26 Rob Randall

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 10:32 PM

The latest Ted Bauman production for Lifetime TV is shooting in Victoria now. It's a four-hour mini-series based on the "Seven Deadly Sins" series of young-adult novels.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 10:34 PM

Good for the city, but the series sounds lame.

#28 Bernard

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 11:26 AM

I am surprised anything is coming to town.

#29 Rob Randall

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 09:27 PM

I am surprised anything is coming to town.


As long as there are TV stations there will be a demand for original content.

Victoria offers a wide variety of locations in a compact area, along with an experienced crew of trained workers.

Working against us is our Island location and distance from Vancouver and lack of large, cheap warehouses and studio space for shooting and storage. Also location scouts who think Victoria is solely "olde England" locations.

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#30 Bernard

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 11:00 AM

My surprise is that the advantages of BC for film and TV production has disappeared. Most US states offer better tax regimes for film - I frankly think BC should file a complaint with NAFTA and the WTO about these tax subsidies. Also the Canadian dollar is no longer dirt cheap compared to the US. With nothing else changing, a production in BC is now 25-35% more expensive than it was only a couple of years ago.

Vancouver has all the infrastructure for film and TV production and therefore will continue to have work because having one stop shopping for it all makes it cheaper. Vancouver also has the best selection of locations of any major film and TV production centre in the world.

Victoria never attracted a lot of production because of the added costs of paying people to stay in hotels and per diems. Victoria also does not have the extended infrastructure needed for a lot of the work.

Two of my sons did background work in the past, but the demand for that in this area dried up so much that their agent quit the business. The only local agent for film and TV, Barbara Coutlish, is focusing more on models.

So yes, it surprises me that any productions have come to Victoria.

#31 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:50 PM

Another TV movie starts shooting this week in Victoria. It's called "Freshman Father" and it's being produced for the Hallmark Channel in the U.S.

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 10:42 PM

Interesting behind the scenes blog:

http://sailornot.blogspot.com/
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
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#33 Rob Randall

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 11:21 PM

Here is the trailer for "The Sorority Wars", the Lifetime TV movie shot here earlier this year. You'll have to look fast to spot any familiar locations.

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#34 Baro

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 11:37 PM

Good lord that looks horrible, but at least I recognized the two houses. Then again if I didn't recognize houses about a block away from me that would be a sad state. Dreamscary!
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#35 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 10:20 AM

Good lord that looks horrible,


Nah, these Lifetime movies are like Harlequin Romances, they just crank them out in a certain formula, they make money. Granted, the viewership is likely the 18-42 female crowd, but that's OK, they sell lots of cosmetic, feminine hygeine product and pharmaceuticals adspace.

#36 Holden West

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 10:24 AM

What? Teenage girls aren't interested in three-hour-long Jane Jacobs documentaries about suburban sprawl?
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
-City of Victoria website, 2009

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:50 AM

...

Canada’s first family law talk show to start taping in Victoria
By Paul Seal, VibrantVictoria.ca
http://vibrantvictoria.ca/?p=3482

A Victoria film studio is busy preparing for a two-day shoot next week for an internet-only family law series featuring a sitting Ontario judge.

Simon Game of Island Industrial FX Studios and Nancy Kinney of AdviceScene.com are co-producers of Family Matters TV, which bills itself as “Canada’s first family law talk show.” The two worked together last year on a series of legal advice vignettes for Kinney’s website, and since April of this year they have been toiling on Family Matters TV. [...]


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#38 AnonAnnie2

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 06:43 PM

I put my name up to work on the production "Family Matters" and was given a position (much to my surprise!)
I worked my butt off (lost 5 lbs!) and admit I didn't work half as hard as the 24 other film professionals managing this production who made their jobs look like a breeze whilst I toiled, fretted and fumbled my way around this very unfamiliar territory which they call 'set'.

I was totally amazed with the professional and talented made-in-Victoria team the Executive Producer (Victoria's Nancy Kinney) and Director (another Victorian Simon Norton Game) put together.
The youngest was 22, the oldest was...me (not telling you, trust me I'm old and feeling it!).
The film industry in Victoria has the talent and experience to pull off TV series, MOW's, feature films and everything in between.
The work is hard but pays well and carries a light footprint.
How can we encourage this industry to grow larger? What can we do?

#39 aastra

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:36 PM

I notice Victoria is posing as San Francisco in a Jennifer Love-Hewitt movie on TV right now. Centra Gas Building, Fisherman's Wharf, etc.

#40 Nparker

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:31 PM

I have seen that movie...no one who has ever even seen pictures of SF would be fooled into thinking it takes place there. It is one of those "it's so bad it's almost good" flics, with emphasis on the almost. It's tragic to see my city used in such an embarrasment to celluloid. :(



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