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 is thriving."
- Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation
"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 industries combined.
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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