Film locations in Ontario -- The Five Most Popular
(NC) -- Do you see very familiar places when you watch a popular movie? Right now, Ontario is a hotbed for international film production. Everything from Hollywood blockbusters to Bollywood hits have been filmed in every corner of our diverse province.
Behind this success is the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the provincial agency that supports the film and television production industry through funding, tax credits and location scouting services. OMDC helps transition projects from script to screen through support at various levels, including how to pick the perfect film location from Ontario's diverse range of options.
Here, the agency's location scouts give us a glimpse behind the scenes and tell us about the most popular filming locations:
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel – Opened in 1929, the Fairmont Royal York is one of Toronto's most popular backdrops. The classic interior sets the tone for any genre, from period pieces to modern day thrillers. It's been home to several Hollywood hits, including The Kennedys, Cinderella Man, and RED, to name a few.
Casa Loma – Dubbed “the castle on the hill”, Casa Loma has brought more Hollywood hits to life than Hollywood itself. Its unique beauty, history and mystery create the perfect recipe for a truly captivating movie set. Some notable films to shoot here include X-Men and Chicago.
University of Toronto – This university boasts a truly star-studded graduating class. The university's vast campus is a favourite among producers due to its Ivy League look and diverse architecture. Fan favourites include Resident Evil and Mean Girls.
Hamilton's Liuna Station– Over the past several years, Hamilton has been host to several Hollywood blockbusters. The city's historic Liuna Station draws filmmakers from around the globe for its grand, neo-classical style. Notable films shot there include X-Men, The Kennedys and The Long Kiss Goodnight.
Northern Ontario – Films are increasingly shooting in such centres as Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay to take advantage of period streetscapes and unique vistas. Films shot throughout Northern Ontario include Cas & Dylan, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster and The Colony.
More information can be found online at OMDC.ca.on/film_and_tv.