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Skydance Studios opens for filming in Vancouver

Star Trek BeyondSkydance Studios has opened as an adapted filming facility in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver in British Columbia.

The studio was converted by Skydance Media from its former function as a newspaper printing press and now offers five sound stages, one of which has a built-in technical feature that gives producers rain on demand.

“As we are focussed on expanding our operations and increasing our film and television output, the establishment of Skydance Studios is an important milestone both for our company and for the City of Surrey,” said David Ellison, CEO of Skydance Media.

“We are incredibly excited about putting down new roots in Surrey and becoming a part of the community’s future growth.”

Skydance Media was set up in 2010 and has been involved with high-profile films including the rebooted Star Trek movies (pictured), the Mission: Impossible franchise and the upcoming action sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

Netflix sci-fi drama series Altered Carbon will be the first production to film at Skydance Studios from this November. The long-term future of the facility could be tied to the success of Altered Carbon, but Ellison told local media outlet the Globe and Mail that he hoped the show would be in Surrey “for a very, very long time”.

Skydance Media has extensive experience of filming in Vancouver, having carried out studio work for both Star Trek Beyond and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in the Canadian city.

The surge in demand for streamed content for online platforms like Netflix and Amazon has further boosted Vancouver’s popularity as a cost-effective filming location within easy reach of Los Angeles.

Purpose-built studio space is limited in Vancouver so adapting vacant warehouse spaces as prospective filming facilities has started to become a niche business of its own. 

For more on filming in British Columbia see our production guide.

Image: Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures/CBS Studios