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Western Canadian Filming Perks

Canada_Alberta_Jasper_compAlthough an abundance of great films and television shows have been shot in Vancouver, that production hub is just the gateway to British Columbia’s breathtaking sites and many other impressive locations throughout Western Canada. The increased exposure of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories in film and TV productions is growing steadily thanks to ever-important incentives and other core attractions like great locations, crews and the exchange rate. And now state-of-the-art studios, postproduction houses, special effects facilities and other high-tech services are adding to the toolbox that’s available for producers, whether they’re shooting downtown Vancouver, the Saskatchewan prairie or ice-pressure ridges in the Northwest Territories.

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Capital Region

OnLoc_DC_Georgetown_Canal_credit_Destination_DCBlessed with a wealth of locations just waiting to be discovered, West Virginia hit the cinematographic limelight with ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” which filmed for four months in Huntington. Interspersed amongst raw stretches of diverse natural vistas, West Virginia offers filmmakers a series of superb location settings that include palaces, bunkers, observatories and prisons.

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Hollywood Studios Announce Support for Ultraviolet Format

Six of Hollywood’s largest studios including Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. today announced their support for the UltraViolet service and format created by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE).  Complementing the physical DVD and Blu-ray home entertainment markets, studios will begin offering UltraViolet content this year through digital online retailers and digital rights that come with packaged media, giving consumers the ability to watch digital entertainment across multiple platforms such as connected TVs, PCs, game consoles and smartphones.

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Universal Virtual Stage 1

Universal Studios just announced the opening of the Universal Virtual Stage 1 (UVS1). The former Sound Stage 36 has been converted into a pre-rigged, pre-calibrated virtual production studio with a green-screen stage that includes motion capture and real-time camera tracking for on-set visualization capabilities. The facility also offers two editing bays, a 60-terabyte server room and production office space attached to the stage. For more information, contact Aaron Rogers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Pacific Coast Shooting

OnLocationWashingtonPR_WoltjerTom2007_GigHarborThe Pacific Coast Region, which features some of the country’s most attractive coastlines, offers an unparalleled level of diverse scenery. Whether it’s the volcanoes of Hawaii, Washington’s Cascade Range, Oregon’s rivers, the deserts of California or the glaciers of Alaska, a filmmaker can find just about any look needed to bring a script to life.

Despite this region’s long history with production, big changes are underway. While Alaska has swung open its doors to production, California has just introduced a brand-new incentive program; the Hawaiian Islands are seeing an impressive increase in production as is Washington, a state with everything at its fingertips; and Oregon is increasingly becoming the focus of film and TV. It’s not hard to see why 2011 will be a year to remember along the Pacific.

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