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After Montreal for 300, it's Burnaby for Watchmen

Vancouver suburb says movie revenues are steady despite weaker Canada dollar

According to a recent report by theBritish Columbia Film Commission, film and TV production in the province during the first quarter of 2007 was down about 20%, with 34 projects in production compared to 42 for the same period last year.

But don’t tell that to folks in Burnaby, B.C., a suburb of Vancouver that owns 56% of the Lower Mainland region’s soundstage space.

“We’re not seeing any shift at all; if anything, it’s business as usual,” the city’s filming coordinator Susan Rae tells the Burnaby News Leader. “I don’t know if it would make any difference if it [the Canadian dollar] goes to [U.S.] par. We’re so set up now with really good crews and studio space.”

Productions currently camped out in Burnaby include the TV series Smallville and the 2009 feature Watchmen, Zack Snyder’s follow-up to 300. The latter is currently in pre-production there, with plans to roll from September through February, 2008.

Overall, TV series and MOW production remain the bread and butter of B.C. runaway production. In addition to Smallville, other shows currently anchored to the south of the province include The 4400, Battlestar Galactica, The L Word, Men in Trees, Psych and the miniseries The Andromeda Strain.


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