Canada’s Martini Film Studios has announced plans to build a 600,000 square foot studio extension to its current complex in Langley, 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
The new development will dedicate at least 300,000 square feet to soundstages, representing a significant infusion of new film stock, and adding to its existing 250,000 square feet of combined studio facilities, which opened two years ago.
The new studio is currently undergoing design and planning based on industry and client consultation, and once built will more than triple Martini Film Studios’ current capacity making it the largest provider of film studio facilities in the Lower Mainland.
“We’ve enjoyed phenomenal support from our industry partners and the entertainment community since launching Martini Film Studios. It’s been an incredible experience. Space is in huge demand, and with the industry thriving and the growth potential for the film and television business across all of British Columbia, we’re proud to expand our services for the sector,” said Gemma Martini, founder and CEO of Martini Film Studios.
The company has already formed a partnership with Netflix, and currently hosts their TV series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (with Warner Bros.), starring Kiernan Shipka, and Another Life.
Justin Greene, producer of Another Life, said: “The Martini investment into stage expansion comes at a critical time - the Vancouver industry has never felt busier, or more crowded. Although producers are practiced at stowing productions in unusual crannies, and at converting underused space, feature projects and series are known to make decisions hinging on whether there are suitable sound stages available to facilitate their show. If you don’t have the factory, you won’t get the product.”
The film industry added $3.8bn to the local Vancouver economy in 2018, according to research from the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC).