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Canada – The Maritimes

Maritimes Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in the Maritimes? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in the Maritimes

For an introduction to shooting in the Maritimes see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Maritimes Film Locations

The Maritimes is a region of Eastern Canada consisting of three provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

In terms of agricultural and industrial film locations Nova Scotia is known for its commercial fishing industry, while New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are famous for growing potatoes.

The Maritimes have hosted productions including The Lighthouse (2019), Polaroid (2019), The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), Titanic (1997), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), and Delores Clairborne (1995).

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is known for its miles of beautiful coastline, lighthouses, picturesque fishing villages, deciduous forests, lakes and rivers. Nova Scotia can easily double for Maine, Norway, or Scotland.

Halifax is the largest city in the Maritimes. A port city, Halifax has a small city skyline overlooked by the star-shaped fort of Citadel Hill.

The Cabot Trail is a scenic coastal road that winds its way through Cape Breton Island.

Cape Forchu Lighthouse is a picturesque film location that featured in The Lighthouse (2019).

Kejimkujik National Park is also located in Nova Scotia.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick is best known for its extensive forests and rugged coastline.

Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Bay of Fundy, Reversing Falls, Hopewell Rocks, Appalachian Mountains, and the charming capital of Fredericton. Hartland Bridge is the longest covered bridge in the world. Campobello Island and Miscou Island have picturesque lighthouses.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province. It is known for its famous red soil, pastoral settings, rolling hills, fall colors, and beaches.

Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge in Canada.

Point Prim Lighthouse and Wood Islands Lighthouse are interesting film locations.

Nature locations of note include Prince Edward Island National Park, Northumberland Provincial Park, and Sable Island National Park Reserve which is known for its Sable Island Ponies.

Maritimes Film Location Permits

The Maritimes are a film-friendly part of the world. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

The Maritime provinces experience four-season climates. Spring (April to May) is in full bloom, summers (June to September) are mild, fall (October to November) brings beautiful leaves, and winters (December to March) are long and cold, although generally not as cold as the interior of Canada. 

The Antigonish Highland Games, Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, and Lobster Bash all take place in July.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Canada.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Maritimes Tax Incentives For Filming

Tax Incentives. Nova Scotia offers a 25% funding programme applicable to all Nova Scotia production expenses. New Brunswick offers a refundable tax credit of 25% to 30% of qualifying local spend. This can be added to the Canada Federal Tax Incentive which is 16% on qualifying Canadian labor spend.

The Maritimes Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Halifax has a small but good pool of local film crew. Additional crew can be brought in from Toronto, Montreal, or abroad.

Contact us if you are looking for a 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 for your shoot in the Maritimes.

Talent. The Maritime provinces have a predominately Caucasian population. Halifax offers a small pool of multicultural talent looks although additional casting may be required out of Toronto, Montreal or abroad. Film characters synonymous with the Maritimes include dairy farmers in Nova Scotia, potato farmers in Prince Edward Island, wheat farmers in New Brunswick, fishermen, hockey players, and trailer park boys.

Maritimes Film Equipment

Equipment. Nova Scotia has all the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. Additional gear can be brought in from Toronto, Montreal, or abroad.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Maritimes Studios

Studios. Nova Scotia has several facilities to choose from.

Visas & Work Permits

Previously the rules were very strict with all visiting crew required to have work permits that were very time consuming and expensive to get. The good news is now commercial advertising shoots are exempt from the work permit process on the condition the project is foreign funded. See here for more information.

For crew members who will be entering to oversee the project, Western passport holders are able to enter Canada visa-free with an eTA for a period of up to six months. This excludes US nationals arriving directly from the US, who are exempt from the eTA requirement.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Canada has an extensive road network, particularly in the more populated south of the country. Several domestic airlines and charter services are available to access more remote areas. Major Canadian cities are serviced by most international carriers.

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Halifax, Saint John, Fredericton, Charlottetown and other areas of the Maritimes.

Final Notes

Safety. The Maritimes are a very safe and reliable place to film. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Great seafood. Lobster and scallops.

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 the Maritimes, please see below:

Hire Maritimes Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in the Maritimes, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in the Maritimes, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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