Vancouver, British Columbia: You know, Canada’s good city.
I’ve been to Toronto. I’ve been to Montreal. I’ve been to Ontario. And I liked
My impression of Canada was that of a snow-covered, winter wonderland that never thawed out. I grew up in the snow belt, so for me, anything north of Washington, DC
With that mentality, it’s no surprise then that I didn’t relish going there, especially since San Francisco was plenty cold enough for my tastes.
We flew northward in August and were immediately and pleasantly surprised to find Vancouver almost hot. Granted it was summer, but Vancouver was sunny and in the seventies most days. The conditions were perfect since we were trying to replicate the American Southwest, something made more difficult if you can see the actor’s breath.
The city itself seemed very cosmopolitan and positively bustled with activity (if you call Asian tourists shopping “bustling with activity”). Still, it gave the city an appealing energy and Euro-quality. In fact, there was impressive racial diversity for the “Great White North” (we saw Caucasians of all descents milling about).
Clean and modern, Vancouver enjoys weather that’s crisp and brisk feeling, dropping just shy of chilly thanks to the bright, West Coast sun that warmed the sidewalk cafes where we
We stayed at Sutter Place, a four-star hotel
The low cost of filming in Canada has made it attractive to budget-conscious (read, all) movie studios, so
By shooting in Canada, the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) ironically forced us to save tens of thousands of dollars in talent and production costs. Normally, creatives, account services, and clients fly down and shoot in Los Angeles with some expensive production company, eat at some expensive LA restaurants, and patronize some expensive local hookers. By picketing TV commercial sets, SAG just made companies take their business to places like Canada and Prague. That’s a lot of money that won’t be filling the GNP of the City of Angels. An unintended, yet very real result of the strike was to open the floodgate.
Now that companies know they can save money, they’re not going back (and you think NAFTA caused a “sucking sound…”). The only people who got hurt by the strike were the talent themselves and the production companies. Well done, SAG! Way to keep your members’ best interests at heart! I am glad, though, that the strike
During a lull in shooting, we conned our production company into coughing up for a seaplane ride around the lake that was spectacular.