British Columbia Film & Photography Production Services.
Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in British Columbia? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.
Want to know more about shooting in British Columbia? See below for an introduction to British Columbia locations, permits, when to shoot, talent, crew, equipment, studios, post production, tax incentives, and film friendly hotels.
Film Locations. British Columbia offers a great diversity of film locations ranging from the unique to those that double for other places. Also known as Hollywood North, Vancouver is a favorite destination for productions looking for easy access to a wide variety of locations and a world-class level of production services.
Vancouver offers a shiny modern city skyline, contemporary architecture, typical American suburbs, vibrant Chinatown, trendy neighborhoods, gardens and city parks, major sporting venues, marinas, a container port, and several impressive bridges, all set against the backdrop of a beautiful harbor with snow-capped mountains. One location of note is Stanley Park, a forest inside the city that looks like it could be a thousand miles from civilization. Vancouver also has several beaches that offer the same secluded feel.
Vancouver is unique in the vast number of modern city, mountain, rural and coastal looks you can access within a short drive from the city center. An hour in any direction can find you on a deep-sea fishing trawler, in a field beside an old dairy farmhouse, or skiing down one of Vancouver’s three ski areas. For mountaineering looks there are several nearby locations where crews can drive right up to the snow line.
Whistler Mountain with all of its winter Olympic venues is only a two hour drive away. The Sea To Sky Highway is ideal for car commercials looking for a road with forest-covered islands on one side and snow covered mountains on the other.
Traveling farther, British Columbia offers some spectacular looks including vast snow-covered mountains, pristine glacial lakes and rivers, rushing waterfalls, old growth forests, remote forest-covered islands with impressive mansions, and rugged Pacific coast looks with dark sand beaches and wild surf. As well as doubling for US looks, places like the capital Victoria can easily double for old-English looks. Most of the province is very green, but towards the interior your can find more arid looks including vineyards.
British Colombia has hosted a long list of productions including The Twilight Saga, Man of Steel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I-Robot, Titanic, Jumanji, Seven Years in Tibet, Final Destination, Scary Movie, Rambo: First Blood, X-Files, and many more.
British Columbia Film Location Permits. British Columbia has a film friendly, streamlined permitting process. Please contact us for location specific information.
When to shoot? Spring (April to May) brings flowers in full bloom. Vancouver spring days bring cherry blossoms and snow-capped mountain backdrops. Summers (June to September) are warm with long sunny shoot days. Most of British Columbia’s forests are evergreen but some trees, especially in the cities, turn colorful in the fall months (October to November). The salmon run takes place during the fall months, depending on the location and species. The coastal areas of the the Pacific North West, including Vancouver, have very rainy winters (December to March) with almost no snowfall. British Columbia’s mountainous areas are cold with road-accessible snow often available as early as November.
The Cariboo Cross-Country Ski Marathon takes place in 100 Mile House every February.
Talent. One of the major reasons to shoot in British Columbia is the access to animal actors. Trained exotic animals included a polar bear, grizzly bear, bald eagle, wolf, cougar, and raccoon.
As far as human talent goes, Vancouver has an extensive and experienced pool of actors and models. The only lead roles that might need an extra round of casting outside of Vancouver would be African looks and high end fashion models.
Crews and equipment. Vancouver is Western Canada’s main production service center. The city has world renowned, experienced creative and technical crews that specialize in servicing a broad spectrum of productions from Hollywood feature films to commercial stills. Vancouver offers both Panavision and Arri equipment as well as several boutique equipment companies. The majority of specialized equipment is available in Vancouver including an Ultimate Arm, camera cars, cranes and helicopter mounts. Vancouver no longer has the Russian Arm.
Contact us if you are looking for a Vancouver or Victoria based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in British Columbia.
Studios. Vancouver has several state of the art facilities.
Post Production. Vancouver has world class post facilities. It is a leader in SPFX having had worked on productions including Apollo 18, Elysium, Continuum, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to name a few. Vancouver also has a film lab.
Tax Incentives. British Columbia offers a Production Services Tax Credit of 33% on qualifying British Columbia labor costs, plus an additional 17.5% on qualifying Digital Animation or Visual Effects labor, plus a 6% Regional Tax Credit bonus on qualifying regional labor. For Commercials, British Columbia offers a 5% tax rebate for foreign productions. Our Vancouver production service producer takes care of all the paperwork and a cheque is sent directly from the Federal Government to you, usually within a few months.
Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Kelowna, Prince Rupert and other areas of British Columbia.
Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in British Columbia, please see below:
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in British Columbia, please contact us.
Down Time. Vancouver is an outdoor paradise that within a couple of hours drive offers snow skiing, beach volleyball, sea kayaking and trail running. For the foodies out there Vancouver offers delicious sushi, dim sum, and West Coast fare. For those looking to totally switch off take a seaplane out to the Gulf Islands.