I am away on business but will be back next week for the mighty 4th of July. Meanwhile here’s a rerun from a few years back about Vancouver USA as a film location. Vancouver did have a few cameos in the short lived TV series Stumptown. I saw at two specific scenes filmed here rather than in Portland or in LA where most of it was shot. That show also had Vancouver BC as a film location for the pilot. Here is that article from the past:
Originally published April 29th, 2019.
Over the last several years, that other Vancouver up in Canada has become quite the “Hollywood” north. There is a tremendous number of TV and Movie production companies based in Vancouver BC and the city is used as an urban backdrop in a shockingly high number of productions. For those watching the DC Comics based series of shows on the CW, they all utilize Vancouver BC and Portland Oregon for the city shots.
Vancouver BC has a fairly identifiable look and is rather densely built. Portland is also fairly identifiable with its two tallest buildings standing out over the rest of the skyline. It has gotten me thinking that Vancouver USA would be a great setting for movies as we have nearly every type of shooting scene a movie would ever need with the exception of an ultra dense urban skyline. Vancouver BC provides that already.
Our downtown has a small metro vibe with mid-rise and smaller high-rise structures that outside of our local area are not identifiable. Our port area has all that classic city docks and industrial look for any urban industrial or seaport scenes that might be needed. We have a large rail yard. Rail yards are often used in scenes in movies if you think about it. We have a variety of neighborhoods spanning back to the 19th century and quite a bit of everything else right up to the modern-day. Portland International Airport is as close to Vancouver as it is to Downtown Portland.
Hollywood is always looking for locations to film as generic so that they can have a film or show set in either a fictional city or in a real city without having to travel to that actual real place. Vancouver BC has become the most widely used generic city as they have a large swath of high-rise buildings that are rather ubiquitous.
Maybe we should start courting those movie and TV people who are already hanging out in the Pacific Northwest. There’s good money in it.
Ah the ‘Couv’ Life; it is good.