Largest box office ever for a Canadian feature film
TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is proud to congratulate Don Carmody and the production team of Resident Evil: Afterlife on worldwide box office receipts that recently topped $280 million --
making it the most successful production in Canadian feature film
history, surpassing previous box office champion PORKY'S, also produced by Don Carmody.
Resident Evil: Afterlife, a Canadian-German co-production produced by Constantin Film (Germany)
and Davis Films/Impact Pictures (Canada) and released in the United
States by Sony Screen Gems, internationally by Summit Pictures and by
Alliance Films in Canada, was completed, shot and posted in
stereoscopic 3D in Ontario, where both government and private sector
investment has helped the jurisdiction emerge as a cutting-edge centre
of 3D production and technology.
In addition to the comprehensive support provided by the OMDC's Ontario Film Commission and the City of Toronto's Film and Television Office, Resident Evil: Afterlife also benefited from Ontario's world class talent and crews,
infrastructure and post production facilities, as well as its wide
diversity of locations.
"The Ontario Media Development Corporation is proud to have supported Resident Evil: Afterlife and is pleased to watch it take its place in Canadian feature film
history. Its remarkable worldwide success is a testimonial to the
talent, skill and professionalism of the province's film production
industry and continues to prove that the Canadian feature film industry
Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Media Development
"We had a terrific experience making and posting this latest in the Resident Evil series. The local Toronto cast and crew were exceptional as always and
proved themselves to be world class in mastering the complicated 3D
technology that made the film so vibrant."
Don Carmody, Producer, Resident Evil: Afterlife
Ontario's film & TV production activity contributed $946.4 million to
the province's economy a 41% increase from 2008 (*according to OMDC
most recent statistics)
Resident Evil: Afterlife, shot using the Pace Fusion 3D System® developed by director James
Cameron and Vincent Pace for AVATAR, was among the productions that led to the big increase in 2009. Other
major feature films shot in Toronto in the last year were Universal
Studios' Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Summit Entertainment's Red, Twisted Pictures Saw 7 3D, and upcoming major Hollywood releases including The Thing from Universal Pictures and Morgan Creek Productions' Dream House. Saw 7 3D used the newly developed camera rig from 3D Camera Company, and its
opening weekend at the box office was #1 in North America.
Ontario's world class facilities, including Deluxe Toronto's new
state-of-the-art 3D post production laboratory which performed all post
workflow on Resident Evil: Afterlife, as well as Visual Effects production house Mr. X, which provided all
of the film's incredible visual effects in 3D, combined with Ontario's
competitive tax credits also attracted a number of productions shot
outside the province to do their post production and visual effects
here, including the upcoming Disney feature TRON 3D.
Ontario has very competitive tax credits (e.g., the Ontario Production
Services Tax Credit, or OPSTC, which allows for 25% of eligible
production expenditures including post production). Productions may
apply for both provincial and federal tax credits on the same
production to maximize the financial benefit of filming in Ontario.
For example, the OPSTC can be added to the 20% labour-based Ontario
Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit (OCASE) and
Federal labour-based production services credit. Additionally, the
OCASE credit can be applied to work done in Ontario for projects shot
elsewhere in the world.
Ontario's entire creative cluster includes: book and magazine
publishing; sound recording; film and television; interactive digital
media; performing arts; radio; advertising; architecture and design.
There are now almost 295,000 employees in the creative, cultural and
recreational industries in the province The Ontario government reports
that the cultural industries generate $12.2 billion in GDP for the
province, and are now larger than its agriculture, forestry and mining
Ontario Media Development Corporation is an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. OMDC's programs also support the book and magazine publishing, music,
television and interactive digital media industries.
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