SHOOTING IN CANADA
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean.
Spanning over 9.9 million square kilometres, Canada is the world's second largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the longest land border in the world.
Generally, Canada has four distinct seasons, with temperatures cooler in the north and milder on the west coast. Temperatures and climate from the province of British Columbia’s interior east to the province of Newfoundland are comparable, with variances depending on latitude and mountainous topography.
Canada is quite diverse - mostly due to its large territory. Canada covers vast maritime land and boasts the longest coastline in the world - 202,080 km. The Pacific border is frayed with fjords and channels. The northern regions, close to the Arctic, are covered with ice. Most of the country is covered with Boreal forests, save the flat Canadian Prairies in the southwest. A large part of Canada is still wilderness. The Rocky Mountains cover a major segment in the west. Most mountains in Canada are found in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon Territory. Canada holds most of the fresh water in the world.
Canada has a diverse population that spans all racial groups - professional actors are represented by Agents. ACTRA is the Canadian Talent association. Non Union performers are also available. Canada has full service casting facilities for ease and efficiency in casting.
Climate & Seasons
Canada has 4 distinct seasons. Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring.
Technical, creative and production expertise with excellent working experience in all types of shooting and extreme weather conditions. There are no unions for tv commercial crews in Canada other than in Montreal. Working hours are based on 10 hour base rate days except for Montreal which does have a crew union and are on 8 hour base rate days.
Pretty much everything you would imagine for film or digital equipment exists in Canada. It might have to ship in from another city in Canada but we are proficient in highly technical complex shoots so likely it exists here.
Location Scouting & Permits
Film Permissions normally take anywhere from 5 to 7 business days. Canada has majestic forests, mountain ranges, lakes, oceans, hills, generic cities, a European looking town, farm land, badlands and a wide variety of houses and architecture.
Studios exist in all major cities in Canada from small insert stages to large sound stages.
North American, UK and European Personnel, any category personnel except for Producers, Ad Agency personnel & Clients require a work permit. This process takes up to 5 business days once the applications are submitted. Sequoia handles this for you. Outside of North America, UK and Europe, Tourist Visas are required to enter Canada. Please check with your local Canadian consulate or we can, send us an email.
Canada has a great deal of animals to film with, from a Polar Bear that can work in outdoor environments, to Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, tigers, penguins dogs and cats.