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Coaching can be expensive. In some cases it can be as much s $75 or more. Actors often have to ask themselves “Is this one of the big ones I should take more seriously?”
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Even prior to the pandemic, the world have been evolving to more technological solutions in all industries. Film and television isn’t any different. This specific skill can make or break an audition. If it’s not lit right, framed properly, or of the sound is off… it can negatively affect an otherwise beautiful performance. Don’t give them any reason to say no. Always deliver your “A” game. Every single time.
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Despite COVID-19, new records are being set for film production in — and around — Vancouver.
That’s according to the head of a local film studio, who says more than 60 projects will be simultaneously shooting in October.
Pete Mitchell says this market has become more attractive because B.C. has managed the COVID-19 pandemic so well.
“Absolutely. The way that, as a community we’ve handled COVID, has made it even more appealing. The limits that we have on production here are physical, the number of studios, the number of people, locations that are available –that sort of thing. Otherwise, there would be even more production.”
Mitchell, who’s the President and Chief Operating Officer of Vancouver Film Studios says there’s also strong demand for content because streaming services are running out of new material.
“Everybody has watched everything they ever wanted to watch on Netflix. The companies that are making content have a backlog of projects that they want to get into the pipeline. The demand is huge and it’s not just North America. It’s world-wide. People are used to seeing new content on a regular basis and there is none. There will be a delay as well because when something goes into production in October, it’s not necessarily getting to the screen until, if they’re lucky, April. More often then not, it’s a year before something shows up on somebody’s screen.”
Mitchell adds Vancouver has suffered since many film and TV crews were ordered to stop working in mid-March, but more projects are leaving New York and LA.
“We’ve done a great job as a community. We continue to do so and people from around the world want to shoot here. Which isn’t to say that it’s slow elsewhere because the demand is so great for content that lots of other production centres are also up and running and about to go full capacity, but believe me, people want to be here. It’s a great place to live and work. So, we’ll be setting records in terms of simultaneous productions. People are going to see a lot of trucks and tents around their neighbourhood. They should know that the industry has done a really, really thorough job of making it as safe as possible.”
In May, Mitchell told NEWS 1130 he was worried Canada’s 14-day quarantine for any workers coming in from other countries would be a problem, but now he concedes that’s no longer a concern.
“It’s just a matter of perspective because, in March, two weeks of quarantine seems like a long time and in September, it seems like nothing.”
British Columbia’s ability to stem the spread of COVID-19 by having strong public safety orders in place also makes it a compelling destination, but Mitchell says 99 per cent of workers in the area right now are from British Columbia.
“So, it’s a small, small minority that are coming in from anywhere and those people have been required to quarantine…. there’s so much at stake for these companies to keep the shows running that they’ve been over-engineering the solution, so there’s ongoing testing that’s been happening on a regular basis, there’s groupings of employees to keep them separate from other groups of employees like wristbands, different colours are issued, so that nobody mixes and you’ll see far more tents because that’s everybody spreading out when they’re at lunch or just sitting waiting to go to the next shot. A tremendous number of protocols have been put in place and I think it’s well above and beyond the WorkSafeBC standard, but that’s because the risks to shutting down production are so high that nobody wants to go through it.”
Mitchell says work started ramping up again in August.
“A lot of shows started prepping and figuring out how it is that we’re going to get back into production in a safe way. That’s been an extended pre-production period, but what’s happening now is it’s all converged and there are tons of shows about to go back into production around the world, but particularly in the Vancouver area.”
He admits the boom happening now is not enough to make up for all the work lost since March.
“I don’t think we can catch up completely, but we’re giving it the best shot we can. You’ll see the numbers overall for the year down substantially. There’s essentially a six-month hiatus and we won’t be able to make all that up, but what I do see is there’s going to be a healthy return and then, 2021 should be a very good year. The real thing that’s of great importance in all of this is the 40 or 50-thousand people that worked in the industry who’ve been off for that period of time are going to be back at work. It’s a large workforce that has been inactive. There’s all kinds of ramifications of that where people are not going out to restaurants because they didn’t have a job and I think we’ll see this is part of recovery of the overall economy.”
If you lost your job in another sector because of COVID-19 and you have transferable skills, Mitchell is suggesting you reach out to Creative BC.
As for what star-gazing you can expect to do if you’re hoping to see one of your favourite actors on set, Mitchell says the only big name he can share is someone who grew up in –and still calls– Vancouver home.
“One of our favourite native sons, Ryan Reynolds, is going to be pretty visible around town because I think he’s got two shows going.”
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There is no question that Metro Vancouver continues to be the third largest hub for film and television production in North America, behind Los Angeles and New York City, even during COVID-19.
In fact, according to a release by the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) today, the industry is currently busier than ever with over 60 projects now in some stage of production — up from the 41 productions that were suspended at the onset of the pandemic in March. The VEC attributes the industry’s strong rebound to BC’s relatively low COVID-19 case count and the cooperation of provincial health authorities, which has encouraged studios to send their productions north.
The local film and television production industry is one of the few sectors of the BC economy that is in full swing, and it has been able to weather the effects of the pandemic better than many other global film hubs.
“The film industry is one of the big BC industries that has successfully restarted, re-employing tens of thousands of people,” said David Shepheard, the director of Creative Industries and Vancouver Film Commission of the VEC, in a statement, adding that this does not include the thousands of employees with visual effects and animation companies who transitioned to a work-from-home model early in the pandemic.
VEC adds the current level of production activity builds on the industry’s strong foundation and infrastructure in the province, and its record-breaking year in 2019, when the industry spent $4.1 billion in BC. This includes $3.1 billion from physical production, and the remainder from post-production and animation largely within Vancouver.
ilm and television industry economic impact in British Columbia. (Vancouver Economic Commission)
The compilation of data tracks the exponential growth of the industry over much of the past decade, with spending in BC more than tripled from $1.6 billion in 2012.
Over the past eight years, the industry has invested $22.7 billion into the BC economy, with $12.5 billion of this as wages paid to BC residents. It is estimated the industry supports over 70,000 jobs across the province.
“BC’s 21st century film and television industry is a multibillion-dollar driver of the provincial economy, with Vancouver as a vital production hub in the North American mix,” said Peter Leitch, chair of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC.
Jennifer Garner and Zoe Saldana are set to join Ryan Reynolds in Netflix action-adventure The Adam Project, directed by Shawn Levy. Jonathan Tropper penned the script, with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger producing for Skydance. Levy also will produce for 21 Laps Entertainment as well as Reynolds, who will produce through his Maximum Effort banner.
Plot details are being kept under wraps other than it having a time-travel element. The Adam Project marks one of a handful of films Netflix landed this year as studios like Paramount were figuring out their future slate in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Netflix felt like the perfect home as Reynolds was in the midst of wrapping his second film, Red Notice, while Levy has made Netflix his home following the massive success of his series Stranger Things.
Dan Levine and Dan Cohen for 21 Laps will exec produce along with George Dewey and Patrick Gooing for Maximum Effort, Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett.
The film will be the first project for Reynolds’ The Group Effort Initiative, a self-financed diversity and inclusion program that aims to give people of color a chance to work and learn on the actor’s productions. The Group Effort Initiative is a joint effort between Maximum Effort and B for Effort.
Garnernext will be seen starring in and producing the upcoming feature Yes Day for Netflix. Saldana is known for starring roles in two of three biggest blockbusters in movie history — Avatar and Avengers: Endgame. She next will be seen reprising her role of Neytiri in Avatar 2, 3 and 4. Saldana also will star in and executive produce the limited drama series From Scratch for Netflix.
Garner is repped by Nicole King of Linden Entertainment and CAA. Saldana is with CAA, LBI Entertainment and the Initiative Group.