The Casting Couch

The Casting Couch

Monday, July 16, 2007

O Canada!

Coming off of a fabulous Bastille Day celebration this weekend (shout-out to the Chez Stilts crew), I'm feeling a particular kinship to our partially French-speaking neighbors of the North: CANADA.

Canada is really an integral part of our American Film and TV industries. One that I feel is often under-appreciated and misunderstood. I think the lay person has no idea how much production is completed up there. Basically, Canada is the new Hollywood.

Its no secret that with location fees into the millions of dollars at times, it has become quite expensive to film in and around Hollywood, CA. While it is where all the finest (non-theatre) actors flock to each year, its not where most of the filming is being completed. Sure we cast the leads out of LA or NY, but what of the remaining 90% of a film or television cast? Well, all that casting is done on-location, and it is my experience that a lot of that on-location shooting is being done in Canada.
The cities of choice are Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax, depending on what scenery you want (city, rural, etc.) and whether you plan of having some semblance of a diverse cast (as ethnic actors are somewhat hard to come by in certain locations). While there are countless movies and popular tv shows that shoot in Canada like SciFi's "Battlestar Galactica," ABC Family's "Kyle XY," NBC's upcoming "Bionic Woman," and practically everything on Noggin, I think the biggest genre of entertainment being shot here are TV Movies. Canada is the perfect location for these. Quick shoots, lots of reasonably priced locations to choose from, English speaking, culturally and geographically appearing like the US. Not to mention tons of Canadian actors who are pretty cheap for hire compared to SAG scale rates.

So what am I getting at here? I'm not really sure, but I know that if I was an up-and-coming actor who was sick of LA and was looking for a new place to live to gain a little more acting experience than LA will allow...I might consider Canada. Especially with all of our political mumbo-jumbo b/w red states and blue states here lately. Plus they have national heathcare, don't ya know?

My Favorite Canadian Casting Director: COREEN MAYRS
(Supernatural, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files, Kyle XY, Fantastic 4, Butterfly Effect, X2, etc.)

My Favorite Canadian Talent Rep: PACIFIC ARTISTS
#1404-510 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B-1LB
Phn: 604-688-4077


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