William F. White International’s 100,00-square-foot Fortress Studios complex targets major studios and shoots for Tentpole Movies or Series in Canada. Studio Operator William F. White International has opened its first facilities in Calgary, Alberta, Fortress, and Fort Support.
Fort Studios in southeastern Calgary targets Hollywood’s TANPOL movie or series construction as it provides 97,500 square feet of stage space with a clear height of 36 feet on approximately 12 acres in the city’s downtown core. And the nearby fort supports another 70,000 square feet in office space and about 20,000 square feet.
WFW, which already operates nine other studios in Toronto and Vancouver, has approximately 30 soundstages with 1 million sq ft of production space filled with local and foreign production shoots. WFW Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer Garry Josie say that in Calgary and soon to be expanding in Winnipeg with two purpose-built stages and a retrofit phase comes because, despite the film studio epidemic in Toronto and Vancouver, Hollywood is bursting for construction. Hollywood wants to close the space for the original production.
“We plan on building the next production center for Canada,” Joshi told The Hollywood Reporter as The Fort Support, which already has its first tenant and fort facility, set to open May 15 Hai, has been offering long-tracked offers from Hollywood studios and streamers. -Term lease for Calgary Studios. The WFW supplies production equipment with 50,000 square feet of space to the nearby Calgary Film Center and its three purpose-built soundstages, in addition to workshops and warehouse locations.
The first Calgary studio for WFW arrives as Canada experiences a location boom thanks to the steady flow of Hollywood shootings located north of the border between epidemics. “Filming in Canada is booming, and the Calgary and Winnipeg markets are ready and we want to partner with everyone to grow this industry in a safe and productive way,” WWE’s newly established general manager of Callery and Winnipeg, Rob Says Rowan. Offices.
Alberta’s film and TV production sector are thriving despite the epidemic, as cameras were recently launched on Robin Wright’s directorial debut Land for Focus features filmed in the Rocky Mountains west of Calgary, APTN’s Tribal Drama, Fraggle Rock’s reboot film centers for Calgary Filling, and the third season of CTV and Janu of Hulu.
At the same time, oil-rich Alberta has long lagged neighboring British Columbia in attracting Hollywood production to Canada’s west coast. Calgary Mayor Nahid Nenshi said in a statement, “For decades we have been discussing the possibilities of the film industry in Calgary, but in the last few years, our momentum has really started to increase.”
This new momentum led the provincial government to roll out a generous film tax credit for Hollywood producers to leave Alberta’s recession-proof film, TV, and digital production sectors as it looks to diversify the economy hit by falling energy prices is.
“Paul Sarkar has given a clear message that this is not a flash in the pan, that they are not interested in the film industry and then drops it when a barrel of oil turns to $ 100,” Paul Bronfman, co-author of WFW – Chairman and Senior Advisor, tells THR.
Prior to the epidemic, Alberta hosted filmmaking for Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife and a unit shoot for Jumanji the Next Level, both for Sony Pictures; Focus Features’ Let It Go; And Walt Disney’s Togo, starring Willem Defoe and portraying a famous sled-dog relay. During the COVID-19 crisis, the province has also hosted shoots for Netflix zombie drama Black Summer and Syfy’s fan-favorite Viniona ERP.