Film Industry Says Thanks

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Nova Scotia’s film, television andcommercial industry is thanking fellow Nova Scotians for the helpthey have given in making the province’s film business a success. “Without the warm welcome that film personnel receive from NovaScotians, they couldn’t do the job they do,” says ACTRA Maritimesbranch representative Gary Vermeir, chair of the Film AdvisoryCommittee. “Producers love to film in Nova Scotia because we havefabulous locations and because people are very understanding andtolerant of film activity. For that, those of us in the filmindustry are very grateful indeed.” The Thank You HRM, Thank You Nova Scotia campaign, is anopportunity for the film industry to acknowledge the support andhospitality of business and property owners and neighbourhoodsand communities who have hosted film cast and crew this pastyear. The campaign includes advertisements in metro andprovincial newspapers, as well as thank you cards that will bedistributed throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)and the province. The Film Advisory Committee, which is coordinating the campaign,includes representatives from provincial and municipalgovernment, labour unions and other industry organizations. Thank You HRM, Thank You Nova Scotia partners include the NovaScotia Film Development Corporation, the Halifax RegionalMunicipality Film Office, the Directors’ Guild of Canada Atlantic Council, the Motion Picture Studio ProductionTechnicians IATSE Local 849, the International CinematographersGuild IATSE Local 667 and ACTRA Maritimes. Industry sponsorsinclude Production Services Atlantic, the Canadian BroadcastingCorporation, the Com Web Group (including William F. White andEntertainment Partners Canada) and the Lord Nelson Hotel. In 2003-04, the film industry contributed more than $113 millionto the province’s economy and employed some 2,000 Nova Scotians.Activity in the province included local productions, as well asguest productions from the U.S. and Europe.last_img