There’s a reason why Canada’s most western province is called Beautiful British Columbia. The world’s most avid producers flock to BC not just because of the tax credits, but also because of its world of looks in a rich geographic setting. Western Canada offers a wide variety of breathtaking landscapes in different climate zones: majestic mountains and glaciers, lush and evergreen forests, rocky islands, coasts and beaches, remote fishing villages, prairies with big skies and ranches, deserts, modern urban cities and much more. Also, Canadian cities and landscapes can be easily sold as their US-American counterparts if needed content-wise. That’s what they do in 3 out of 4 productions…
The combination of great locations, financial advantages and highly-skilled workers have facilitated a wide range of productions in Western Canada, such as:
Arrow (Warner Bros. – three seasons), Continuum (Showcase – three seasons), Falling Skies (Dreamworks/Amblin – four seasons), Fringe (Fox – five seasons), Motive (CTV – second season), Arctic Air (CBC – three seasons), Cedar Cove (Hallmark – first season), Men in Trees (ABC – two seasons), Smallville (CW – ten seasons), Taken (Syfy – limited series), When Calls the Heart (Hallmark – second season), The Killing (Fox – four seasons), The 100 (CW – second season), The L Word (Showtime – six seasons), The Flash (CW – first season), Once Upon A Time (ABC – four seasons), Supernatural (CW – ten seasons), and from 1993 to 2002, The X-Files (Fox – nine seasons).
Tomorrowland (Disney), Fifty Shades of Grey (Universal), The Twilight Saga (Summit), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Fox), Elysium (Sony), The A-Team (Fox), The Accused (Paramount), Scary Movie 1-4 (Dimension), Juno (Fox Searchlight), Rambo: First Blood (Orion), X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand (Fox), 2012 (Sony), The Butterfly Effect (New Line), The Cabin in the Woods (Lionsgate), Fantastic Four (Fox), Insomnia (Warner), Mission Impossible (Paramount), My Life Without Me (Sony Pictures Classics), Night at the Museum 1 & 2 (Fox), Shooter (Paramount), Things We Lost in the Fire (Dreamworks), Tron: Legacy (Disney), We Don’t Live Here Anymore (Warner)
Canada – A World of Stories
The span of genres and budgets seems limitless. We appreciate our partners desire to tell stories in a Canadian setting. From the First Nations' rich culture to pioneers settling in the Wild West to recent immigrants finding their way in a modern, multicultural society.
We are aware of our clients' needs and our possibilities. It’s about making it all work in the given parameters. Our job is to have the big adventure in front of the camera and not behind! Our experience and expertise in this market made the following, highly ambitious feature films possible:
The zeitgeist comedy based on an original screenplay by Douglas Coupland Everything’s Gone Green (Radke/True West Films), which portrayed Vancouver at its best: “Cloudy, gorgeous Vancouver is so charming as if it were New York in Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’” (The New York Times).
The German western Gold (Schramm Film), which was filmed with a German cast at extremely remote locations with many horses and a wildfire out of control. And Shana – The Wolf’s Music an official Swiss-Canadian co-production between Reck Filmproduktion, Red Cedar Films and Really Real Films. It was filmed in partnership with a First Nations band and local acting novices – plus a real wolf, which had already played in The Twilight Saga.
In television, our British Columbia service accomplishments span from Miss Texas in 2004 (Sat.1/Studio Hamburg) to Unser Traum von Kanada aka. Vancouver Bay in 2015 (ARD/Degeto, Bavaria Fernsehproduktion).
In Alberta, the neighbouring Rocky Mountain province and cowboy country, we successfully produced ten German television movies of the Im Tal der wilden Rosen program (ZDF/Polyphon). We filmed at many of the same locations as milestone western like Legends of the Fall (TriStar), Open Range (Touchstone), Unforgiven (Warner), Brokeback Mountain (Focus) – and The Revenent (New Regency).
Red Cedar Films is your local guide at the most western frontier in Canada.
Service production for Studio Hamburg and SAT.1 filmed near Kamloops and Ashcroft, BC
Canadian feature film as an interprovincial co-production, filmed in Vancouver, BC
EVERYTHING'S GONE GREEN
Service production for Polyphon and ZDF, shot in the Rockies and the foothills near Calgary, AB
THE VALLEY OF WILD ROSES
Nina Hoss and Marko Mandic on very remote location in British Columbia's Chilcotin region for Thomas Arslan's movie "Gold"
(c) Schramm Film/ Patrick Orth
Young talent Sunshine O'Donovan with wolf Brit on remote location in Elk Falls Park near Campbell River on Vancouver Island for Nino Jacusso's movie "Shana - The Wolf's Music"
Red Cedar Films
Canada’s production landscape has produced countless hours of prime entertainment. Originally, there were three reasons for coming to Canada for a film or TV production:
the often favourable Canadian dollar,
financial incentives in form of tax credits, and last but not least,
highly attractive locations.
The amount of service productions – mostly for clients south of the border – has now resulted in two more reasons, which make filming in Canada so attractive:
a world-class infrastructure, and
highly skilled professional workers and artists.
Vancouver has even accepted its nickname Hollywood North. This comes as no surprise, as Vancouver is located on the Pacific Ocean and in the same time zone as Los Angeles. A less than 3-hour flight makes business trips between California and British Columbia a breeze. A dedicated and highly professional industry workforce has been trained on Canadian and US sets, post-production facilities and VFX studios.
BC’s tax credits account for over C$2B in production volume
According to an activity report by Creative BC, the provincial agency issued 151 foreign tax credit accreditation (Production Services Tax Credit) certificates in 2014/15, representing an
estimated $1.67 billion in BC production expenditures. The total number of tax credit certificates for both foreign and domestic projects issued by Creative BC in the same period was 287 with an estimated $2.02 billion in total BC production expenditures. Concluding, 53% of the projects and 83% of the BC production expenditures stemmed from (foreign) service, mainly US.
British Columbia – A World of Looks