Baldwin’s Slidecast Television and Film Cluster
The US Network and You <ul><li>recently the culture of television is moving towards the Canadian programs </li></ul><ul><li>people in the US are finding Canadian television “watchable” </li></ul><ul><li>talks about “The Bridge” and how hard it was to find investors and people that will lend money to make the tv show, which they were looking at a budget of $600,000 an episode </li></ul><ul><li>CBS lent them money for this and they were broadcasted on CTV </li></ul><ul><li>CBS has yet to air the show </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian TV shows cost a lot less for the Networks than the US shows and it’s really hard to get onto their networks </li></ul><ul><li>the “ice is broken” and it is possible to get onto US Networks </li></ul>
On March 4, 2010, the OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) announced that it will be investing $1.67 million into 12 film projects in order to help boost the domestic film industry. <ul><li>A brief summary of what the OMDC does: </li></ul><ul><li>improve and develop growth in the film and television, interactive digital media, music industries, magazine publishing and book publishing in Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>supports innovation and invention </li></ul><ul><li>expands business environments that will help the cutural growth of the media industry in Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>assists in promoting and marketing Ontario’s cultural media industry </li></ul>
<ul><li>The WIFT-T (Women in Film & Television – Toronto) is a not-for-profit organization that provides support for women with careers in the screen-based media indusrty. The WIFT-T looks to provide women with equality, and opprotunities for success national and internationally. </li></ul><ul><li>On March 9, 2010, the WIFT-T held a Short Film Showcase honoring its members. Female directors showcased their short films to the general public and one winner was chosen for the Audience Choice Award. </li></ul>
The Slice Network is a Canadian tv network owned by Canwest. The network has its own shows and uses websites such as Craislist to look for people to cast on their shows. (See link below) They look for people in the GTA to cast on their reality shows such as Wedding SOS.
The series began in 2001 and is presently filming its tenth season. It’s a Toronto based series that is filmed in Epitome Studios located in Toronto. The show has high ratings, hence its many seasons, and is aired in Canada, US, Australia, France, Poland, Italy, and Spain.
Epitome Pictures Inc. is a production studio located in Toronto. They have in house productions and when they are not filming their own shows, their studios are available for rent. Some series that have been filmed there: Degrassi (The Next Generation, High, Junior High, etc.) Instant Star Riverdale Liberty Street X-Rated School’s Out Documentaries They have been rented to film: Penny’s Odyssey PSI Factor Apartment Hunting Daydream Believers Out of Sync In a Heartbeat Patti
The Royal Bank of Canada has been a continuing sponsor for the Toronto International Film Festival. The RBC and TIFF have come together and created a new award for aspiring filmmakers. The RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition awards a top prize of $15,000, honourable mention $10,000, and fan favourite $5,000.
Flashpoint is a television series based on the Canadian SRU (Special Response Unit) and is filmed in Toronto, Ontario which is also where the series is based in. They have filmed in many GTA areas such as Seneca Markham Campus, York University, Michael Angelo’s, and Eaton Centre. Here are some pictures of when I bumped into them during a filming.
<ul><li>It was pretty cool, the filming crew went to York University more then once. </li></ul>
“The IMAX system has its roots in EXPO ‘67 in Montreal, Canada where multi-screen films were the hit of the fair. A small group of Canadian filmmakers/entrepreneurs who had made some of those popular films, decided to design a new system using a single, powerful projector, rather than the cumbersome multiple projectors used at that time. The result: the IMAX motion picture projection system, which would revolutionize giant-screen cinema.”