From cities to seascapes to centuries-old villages, Nova Scotia offers state-of-the-art studios and world-class crews, low production overheads and direct flights from the US, Canada and Europe. With 7,400 km of shoreline and fishing ports reflecting numerous periods, there are many possibilities for producers. Rugged highlands, dazzling lakes, agricultural valleys, orchards and forests add to the diversity. Films that have shot here include Titanic, K19 – The Widowmaker, The Scarlet Letter and Dolores Claiborne.
All this however has been overshadowed by the local government’s recent decision to cut back its film and TV tax incentive. The move has upset the local production industry and caused some companies to relocate.
The impact of the tax incentive cut will become more apparent over the next couple of years. However recent credits include feature film The Healer and TV series the Lizzie Borden Chronicles. Also filmed here in the last few years were Haven, The Book Of Negroes, Trailer Park Boys, Beethoven’s Treasure and Stephen King’s Bag Of Bones. US productions to use Nova Scotia as their base include Jess Stone: Benefit of the Doubt, a CBS detective drama starring Tom Selleck.
The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Film Office requires a completed application form outlining all film activity occurring in the HRM. In some instances permits may be required. For more info contact: http://www.halifax.ca/culture/Film/index.php.
Tour Tech in Halifax features two stages with combined space of 12,000 square feet, and has full carpentry, wardrobe, production offices, loading docks and other support space. The town of Shelburne has a studio comprised of three stages with over 20,000 square feet of space as well as production support space and full amenities, including accommodations. In terms of talent, there are over 1,000 working crew members and talent working in the province. There are also state-of-the-art post production facilities.
There is a wide range of options from scenic countryside and coastlines to cityscapes and charming towns. To help assist producers, Film Nova Scotia provides: locations breakdown, a locations web site, a digital locations library with 5,000 unique images, support for locations scouts and community/industry liaison. Produced in Nova Scotia was the Stephen King mini-series Bag of Bones starring Pierce Brosnan. During its 39-day shoot, various locations such as Halifax, Grand Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality, Windsor and Brooklyn, Hants County were used by the production.