VANCOUVER, July 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot's Star Trek Beyond, out in theatres today, provided a significant boost to British Columbia's economy. New data released today shows that over the course of 78 days of filming, the production was responsible for over $69 million spent in British Columbia.
From the construction of the U.S.S. Enterprise at Vancouver Film Studios to filming at the beautiful Squamish Boulders, British Columbia continues to benefit from the economic boost of local productions like Star Trek Beyond. Over $40 million was spent on local cast, crew, and extras hired for the period of filming. Some of the production's other local expenditures include:
- Over $17 million on rentals, including transportation, truck and car rentals;
- More than $1.75 million on hotels and catering;
- More than $1.6 million on hardware and lumber supplies; and
- Almost $600 thousand on local wardrobe and dry cleaning services.
"The film and television industry is a creative and economic engine for British Columbia, benefiting local businesses, thousands of cast and crew, and communities across the province," said Wendy Noss, President, Motion Picture Association-Canada. "The data released today demonstrates the significant impact the industry continues to have both provincially and nationally."
"Filming Star Trek Beyond in Vancouver and the surrounding areas provided us diverse filming locations and outstanding film studios, but beyond that we had access to amazing local cast and crew," said Lee Rosenthal, President of Physical Production, Paramount Pictures. "We are thankful for British Columbia's hospitality and the numerous local businesses and vendors who were great to work with."
"Vancouver Film Studios was thrilled to provide state of art production facilities for the filming of Star Trek Beyond," said Peter Mitchell, President & Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver Film Studios and Board Member, Motion Picture Production Industry Association. "With 12 purpose-built sound stages on 35 acres in the City of Vancouver and over $200 million invested, we have established our reputation as a leading film and television studio facility. British Columbia has become a key destination for film and television investment and we are excited to play our part in that success."
"Congratulations to the more than 3,900 British Columbians who helped bring Star Trek Beyond to audiences around the world!" said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Minister Responsible for Labour. "British Columbia has a talented workforce, world-class infrastructure, and stunning diverse filming locations and because of these advantages, B.C. has earned its reputation as one of North America's busiest centres for screen entertainment production."
The Motion Picture Association – Canada (MPA-Canada) serves as the voice and advocate of the major international producers and distributors of movies, home entertainment and television programming in Canada and is an affiliate of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA). The motion picture studios we serve are: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
*All figures are in Canadian dollars.
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