2xMore and BC Creates host a panel discussion with top executives from DHX Media, Rainmaker Entertainment as well as “2X More” program participant Heather Hawthorn-Doyle. On Thursday, March 2, join Women in View and BC Creates as they host “She’s Calling the Shots: Advancing Women Directors in Animation and Live Scripted.” The panel discussion taking […]
British Columbia is celebrating four BC’s industries that unite to form BC’s vibrant creative economy: film + tv; digital entertainment; music + sound recording; and book and magazine publishing.
This economy is thriving with increased activity locally and expanded presence internationally. From February 27 to March 4, 2017, these four industries join government and industry stakeholders to celebrate the official Creative Industries Week. Kicking off with a launch reception and events at the BC Legislature, the week’s agenda will include activities that the public may join for – from the Career Expo to Digital day, and a VIFF screening to participating events at The Vancouver Writers’ Fest.
BC’s dynamic creative sector is a key contributor to our diverse and growing economy. Annual BC revenues for film, television and digital media alone combined is $3 billion. The creative industries support 65,000 full-time skilled jobs plus thousands of part-time and contract workers.
Creative Industries Week aims to:
- increase awareness and understanding across BC of the creative industries, their growing contributions to BC’s economy and the exciting career opportunities available in this sector;
- unite the creative industries in the co-creation of an inter-industry showcase that offers networking and engagement for all who participate;
- provide the Province of BC and the public with direct opportunity for engagement and connection with the creative industries at a time of unprecedented opportunity and innovation.
We hope you’ll join us at one of our events! Check out the Calendar of Activities
Celebrate Creative Industries Week with Us!
2017 Calendar of Events
Monday, February 27
Creative Industries Week 2017 Launch & Reception
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (by invite)
Tuesday, February 28
Creative Industries Week Showcase
11:00 am – 1:30 pm (by invite)
Wednesday, March 1
BC Creates Community Builders Award Reception
6:30 pm (by invite)
Vancouver Writers Festival + VPL, InCite – PUBLIC EVENT
Vancouver Public Library
Thursday, March 2
She’s Calling the Shots: Advancing Women Directors in Animation + Live Scripted – PUBLIC EVENT
Space is limited. Free Admission but RSVP required.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
Arts Umbrella South Surrey 5th Anniversary
VIFF Presents Window Horses – PUBLIC EVENT
Special Reception + Screening with Director Ann Marie Fleming
Reception at 6:15 pm
Screening at 7:30 pm
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
Friday, March 3
MPPIA Film + Television Career Expo – PUBLIC EVENT
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Canada Post Building, 425 West Georgia Street
Saturday, March 4
On the weekend of March 11 to 13 criminal minds from all corners of the country will descend upon Granville Island. Some of them specialize in constructing alibis for murders, while others take great pains in weaving intricate forms of blackmail, revenge or the silencing of secrets forever. No two think alike, but they all share at least one thing in common: they would love to meet you.
Later this month CUFFED: The International Crime Writers Festival will welcome 20 of today’s hottest crime fiction talent to Performance Works and the Granville Island Hotel. For three days some of the genre’s best-known Canadian talent will tell audiences how they craft relatable villains, ambiguous anti-heroes and tell richly dark stories of human failings that seem all-too-believable – and indeed, might also draw upon disquieting facts.
The lineup of assembled talent is impressive: Linwood Barclay (his novel “No Time For Goodbye” has been translated into nearly 30 languages), Gail Bowen (creator of the Joanne Kibourn book series), Terry Gould (investigative journalist and non-fiction author), C.C. Humphreys (creator of the French Executioner and the Jack Absolute series) and B.C.’s Owen Laukkanen (“The Professionals”) are just five of the 20 authors that will be speaking at CUFFED. Crime reporter Kim Bolan, who’s known for her coverage of the criminal underbelly in “The Vancouver Sun”, will also be a featured speaker and guest at CUFFED.
With a Little Help from Scotland’s Criminal Mastermind
While this is the inaugural launch of the CUFFED festival, it’s already got an internationally heavyweight champion behind it. Scottish author Ian Rankin, creator of one of today’s most popular fictional detectives (Inspector Rebus), helped raise funds for CUFFED’s launch from an event put on last year.
“Readers realize that along with a compelling narrative, crime fiction says important things about the state of the modern world and asks tough moral questions, making us think about our societies, our institutions and ourselves,” said Rankin. “Crime Fiction Festivals are springing up over the globe and I am positive CUFFED will prove to be one of the jewels in this crown – especially with Alma Lee in charge.”
Alma Lee is the Producer of CUFFED and the former Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival. It was during her time spent at that organization Lee first saw growing appetite from audiences eager to explore the nuances of crime fiction. “When Lonnie Propas (CUFFED’s Artistic Director) approached me to help him produce a ‘genre’ festival it seemed like a good idea,” Lee explains. “When we decided to go forward we got nothing but highly positive response from everyone we spoke to – publishers, writers and readers all of which made us confident that we could pull it off.”
With votes in confidence from Ian Rankin – as well as letters of support from other influential crime fiction writers like Louise Penny and Quintin Jardine – the CUFFED team are hopeful that this will be the first of many more CUFFED festivals to come. Chances are good that they won’t be dead wrong.
This weekend’s release of Deadpool shattered all box office expectations, creating a new record for a February movie release with $135 million dollars. It also forged a new record for the highest-opening for an R-rated film, beating 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded by more than $40 million dollars.
Filmed in various locations in the Lower Mainland, Deadpool also gives our local film production industry another win: the movie injected $40 million dollars into B.C.’s economy for the 58 days it shot here. Over 2,000 crew members, local actors and extras were employed, giving these trained workers $19 million in wages.
“Vancouver continues to be an attractive and competitive production hub, with outstanding scenery,” commented David Starke, Executive Vice President, Physical Production for Twentieth Century Fox. “We were thrilled to shoot in B.C. where we had access to some of the best cast and crew, and a variety of locations that provided the ideal backdrop for so many of the movie’s most exciting scenes.”
Starke may be referring to the climactic car chase and gunfight sequence that was filmed on downtown Vancouver’s Georgia Street Viaduct. In April 2015 the Deadpool production shot on the Viaduct, with the roadway closed to traffic for 10 days. The sequence is one of the movie’s longest ones, showing off the False Creek waterfront and skyline of Vancouver as the red-and-black costumed superhero squares off against armed bad guys.
Facts & Figures from Deadpool’s Bottom Line
“I have seen firsthand the enormous positive impact that productions like Deadpool have had on our city,” said Gregor Robertson, Vancouver’s Mayor. “Film and television production continues to be a billion dollar industry here, and it is a growing contributor to Vancouver’s nation-leading economic growth.”
The Mayor makes an important point. Vancouver and B.C. have earned the nickname “Hollywood North” for the hundreds of movie and television productions that have filmed in our backyard. But when you take a closer look at the dollar impact, you’ll begin to see how this creative sector helps pump tens of millions of dollars into our economy.
For example, on just the Deadpool production alone:
- The crew spent nearly $815,000 on hotel rooms, catering and food costs
- Nearly $780,000 was spent on truck & car rentals, plus additional transportation costs
- North of $735,000 went to construction costs on the movie
- And more than $1 million was earmarked on location costs
The Reynolds Connection
While B.C.’s reputation for highly experienced crews helped, let’s not forget that local boy-made-good Ryan Reynolds also played a huge part in getting Deadpool to the big screen. Reynolds had first originated the merc with a mouth character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which had some pick-up photography shot at UBC. While that movie’s version of the character wasn’t what Reynolds had hoped for, his belief in giving Deadpool a second screen chance and getting back to the comic book roots of the hero have now paid off.
“I got to push it to my hometown…really so I could see my mom,” the actor recently told etalk about why he fought to get his movie made where his roots are. “But Vancouver has some of the best production facilities in the world and I really wanted to be in Vancouver and be home.”
Big news for B.C.’s music sector! The provincial government has announced the creation of a $15 million dollar B.C. Music Fund. This fund will help promote and facilitate British Columbia’s music sector across all regions of the province, stimulate more jobs for musicians and those working in the industry, and bring more celebration to the diverse musical talent native to our home province.
“B.C. is one of Canada’s leading centres for music with talented musicians in every corner of the province,” Premier Christy Clark said at the announcement of the B.C. Music Fund, on February 11, 2016. “Our record labels, recording studios, concert venues and music festivals draw people from all over the province, the country and the world. Music develops culture, promotes talent and diversifies our strong and growing economy.”
Creative BC will administer the $15 million dollar fund. It’s anticipated that the fund will touch upon every aspect of music that’s performed, recorded and created in B.C. Examples of how the new Music Fund could be used include creation of new live music venues, bringing musical acts on tour throughout British Columbia, strategic development to grow the music industry, and allowing more musical acts more access to record their work to be enjoyed by national and international listeners.
“You guys know that my story is not unlike many others who have had the privilege of building a career in music. For me, it happened right here in British Columbia,” said Michael Bublé, the Burnaby-born singer who is now known throughout the world. “Thanks to you Premier, people who want to pursue a music career here will be able to do so, and not have to leave home.”
B.C.’s music industry is an important creative catalyst, from live acts performing in venues to sound engineers working inside one of the 123 recording studios that can be found in our province. B.C. music is also a draw for tourism dollars, with local festivals attracting tens of thousands of visitors per year.
“British Columbia has become a hub for creation and innovation and we are so fortunate to have such a wealth of creative talent here in our province,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “Our music industry contributes to the cultural fabric of our province as well as attracting talent to our growing technology and tourism sectors helping to diversify our strong economy.”
We eagerly await to see what new opportunities and music talent emerge from the B.C. Music Fund.
On Wednesday, July 8 the new world headquarters of Sony Pictures Imageworks held its grand opening celebration. Centrally located in downtown Vancouver, the 74,000 square foot facility now employs 700 full-time digital animators and special visual effects artists, making the city tops in the world for workers in this industry.
Premier Christy Clark and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson attended the opening and took the opportunity to speak about the growing presence of B.C. as a visual effects powerhouse. According to the latest information released by the Vancouver Economic Commission, B.C.’s largest city is now the world’s biggest hub for animation and special visual effects. The latest estimates peg over 5,000 people as being employed by local animation and effects studios.
“B.C. is thriving because we have a diverse economy and diverse markets – and tech is leading the way,” said Premier Christy Clark at the opening. “With a highly skilled talent base, attractive lifestyle and business climate, B.C. is increasingly a global destination for digital media giants.”
Imageworks is busy creating the computer generated animation for Hotel Transylvania 2, featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Steve Buscemi. They are also working on crafting special effects for next summer’s superhero film Suicide Squad and the reboot of Ghostbusters starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Special effects for the next Spider-Man movie will also be done at the Vancouver facility.
Reboot, one of the first-ever computer generated television shows is returning to television, and it’s being rebooted in its home province of BC.
Corus Entertainment has ordered 26 episodes of Reboot: The Guardian Code, a follow-up to the pioneering CG childrens program that was first broadcast more than 20 years ago.
With its new and updated graphics, the new Reboot returns viewers back inside the digital realm where sprites and other code creations live inside your computer. Whenever a user plays a computer game the characters must also take part in the action and play along.
The original show ran for 48 episodes and was broadcast in 84 countries, including on ABC’s Saturday morning line-up of programming. It broke new ground for using computer graphics, which back then (one year before the first Toy Story movie debuted in theaters) was still untested ground for entertainment.
The Guardian Code will feature four new characters sworn to protect both the world in cyberspace and the one we live in. The Vancouver-based computer animation and visual effects company Rainmaker Entertainment will code the show, with its expected broadcast date sometime in 2016.
Rainmaker was also the original creator of the first Reboot via its production company Mainframe. “Technology is ever-changing and Reboot: The Guardian Code will utilize the very technology inherent in the concept of the show—and prevalent in kids’ everyday lives…empowering kids with the tools and confidence to chart their own course in a world that is increasingly dependent on and powered by technological knowledge,” said Rainmaker president Michael Hefferon.
Last evening at Science World, the top 25 most innovative companies in British Columbia gathered to celebrate their achievements in creativity, entrepreneurship and technology at the NEXTBC 2015 Awards & Showcase Gala.
Seated inside the Omnimax Theatre, over 400 guests watched as the winners were revealed. BC Creates was there to recognize a project that raised the bar on creativity, ingenuity and telling a story on the internet.
Agentic Commnications was the first-ever recipient of the Spark of Creativity Award for their work on the High-Muck-a-Muck website. The interactive portal allows visitors to learn what it was like for Chinese immigrants coming to BC in the early part of the 20th century. By playing with a lottery card that represents the real-life luck of the draw system that was used to decide which immigrants could come to Canada, you can reveal videos and oral histories about the people behind the statistics. Poems by Canadian laureate Fred Wah are also included on the site to further enhance the emotional journey of the Chinese immigrants.
The Spark of Creativity Award recognizes an exceptional achievement by a BC individual, company or organization for its creative work in the past twelve months. Factors that go into the judges’ decision include the originality of the work, its appeal to include a wide audience, accessibility and approach to using technology while not overlooking the importance of human connection.
Presenting the award on behalf of BC Creates was Sylvia Skene, Executive Director of the Magazine Association of BC.
“This award strives to celebrate and tell the story of British Columbia’s vibrant creative industries,” Sylvia explained. “These industries, of which many of you are a part, generate at least 4 billion in annual GDP and support 85 thousand skilled jobs in BC, matching our mining, agriculture and forestry sectors. Through BC Creates, we can collectively demonstrate British Columbia’s proud history of creative excellence and our exciting future potential.”
Nicola Harwood, the High-Muck-a-Muck creative lead, accepted the award on behalf of the Agentic team.
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