Ontario 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 Ontario? 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 Ontario? See below for an introduction to Ontario locations, permits, when to shoot, crew, equipment, studios, tax incentives, and film friendly hotels.
Film Locations. Ontario is Canada’s most populous province. Outside of the major urban areas of Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario is mostly farmland. There are roughly 60,000 farms in Ontario with the main agricultural film locations of interest being wheat, corn, barley, oats, rye, canola and sunflower fields. The far north and west of Ontario is a largely uninhabited wilderness of lakes, swamps and forests. Ontario has five national parks, 330 provincial parks as well as the world famous Niagara Falls.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city. The city often doubles for Chicago and New York City. For big shoots, Dundas Square is an easier and cost efficient alternative to New York’s Times Square. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Toronto’s modern city skyline, downtown office towers, unique architecture such as the Ontario College of Art & Design and Royal Ontario Museum, CN Tower, typical American suburbs, vibrant Chinatown, trendy neighborhoods, major sporting venues, gardens and city parks, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario, and frozen city lakes.
Ottawa is Canada’s capital. The city is best known for its gothic-style Parliament Buildings, wealth of museums and galleries, beautiful river parks, and leafy neighborhoods with Victorian homes.
Ontario has hosted a long list of productions including Spotlight, American Psycho, Good Will Hunting, Chicago, Mean Girls, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Dawn of the Dead, Cruel Intentions, A History of Violence, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Final Destination, to name a few.
Ontario Film Location Permits depend on the specific location as well as the scope and size of your shoot. Film permits are required for shooting on public locations in Toronto. Proof of insurance is also required. Please contact us for location specific information.
When to shoot? Ontario has a typical four-season climate. Spring (April to May) brings flowers and warm weather. Summers (June to September) can get very hot and humid. Fall (October to November) brings colorful leaves and the migration of the monarch butterfly. Winters (December to March) are very cold and snowy, particularly the farther north you go.
Ontario is home to a long list of festivals and events ranging from Winterlude (January / February) to the Caribana Festival (July / August).
Crews and equipment. Toronto is Eastern Canada’s main production service center. It is the gateway to filming in Ontario, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Toronto has world renowned, experienced creative and technical crews that specialize in servicing a broad spectrum of productions from Hollywood feature films to commercial stills. Toronto offers both Panavision and Arri equipment as well as several boutique equipment companies. The majority of specialized equipment is available in Toronto including Russian Arms, camera cars, cranes and helicopter mounts.
Contact us if you are looking for a Toronto or Ottawa 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 Ontario.
Studios. Ontario has several state of the art studio facilities.
Tax Incentives. The Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC) is a refundable tax credit of 25% on qualified Ontario production expenditures for eligible film and television productions. The Ontario Computer Animation & Special Effects (OCASE) Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit of 20% of qualifying Ontario labor expenditures for digital animation and digital visual effects created in Ontario for film and television productions. See here for more information.
Accommodation. See below for recommended film friendly hotels in Toronto, Ottawa and other areas of Ontario.
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 Ontario, please see below:
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Ontario, please contact us.
Down Time. Toronto is a vibrant, modern city with many great restaurants and entertainment venues.