Richmond Film Office has record-breaking year
24 February 2-16
The City of Richmond’s Film Office had a record breaking year in 2015, setting new highs for filming days and revenues. Extended Richmond location filming by the blockbuster hit movie Deadpool and the continued success of ABC’s popular Once Upon A Time helped ensure Richmond will continue to be seen on both big and small screens for the foreseeable future.
Deadpool and Once Upon a Time combined for more than 50 filming days in Richmond in 2015. The Motion Picture Association - Canada recently reported that those two productions alone have pumped more than $316 million into the BC economy. Meanwhile, local filming is continuing on the latest instalment of the Planet of the Apes movie franchise, which has been on location in Richmond since July of 2015.
The Richmond Film Office presented its annual report this week to Richmond City Council’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Committee. In all, 14 feature films and nine TV series shot on location in Richmond in 2015, for a record 189 filming days. The filming generated more than $450,000 in service and location charges for the City, a new record and more than double 2014’s total.
Richmond has benefitted from a nation-wide surge in filming, spurred by the low exchange rate for the Canadian dollar. However, production companies are also attracted to Richmond by a diverse inventory of attractive filming locations, the one-stop Richmond Film Office and a film-friendly community environment.
In addition to direct spending from filming in Richmond, the industry is also a major employer in the City of Richmond with over $24 million dollars in wages earned by residents employed in 2015.