Ever since the days of 21 Jump Street, I knew that shows were filmed and produced in Vancouver. In my more formative years, the X-Files was represented the pinnacle of Vancouver television production and after I ran into Arnold at TGIFriday’s on Robson and Burrard (that is now Red Robin) I finally understood that the film industry in Vancouver is a big deal.
In all honesty, running into the future Governator at a casual dining restaurant didn’t really cause any sort of epiphany, but it was symbolic at any rate.
The X-Files then went South, our Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood shutdown, and Vancouver returned to its role as a backdrop city (and New Westminster became the Bronx). Sure, I knew folks that worked in the industry – location scouts, production assistants, actors, etc. but it wasn’t until this year – when I became a guest author on a hyper mega global entertainment blog, that I truly had my eyes opened.
No matter the ups and downs, financial or otherwise, Vancouver has such a strong legacy of film and television and the future is only looking brighter. I’ve been exposed to industry galas, behind the scenes events, meet and greets, personal interviews, and with each experience my appreciation for the hard work of each individual involved just continues to grow.
Last night I went to the reception for the Western nominees for the 2008 Gemini Awards (for you Americans, think the Canadian Emmy’s). As like every other event I’ve attended recently, there was camaraderie, a wonderful sense of humour, and encouragement along with a a deep respect for peers.
I have also become very aware of Canadian independent film and television; the hard-working people behind it, those with a vision, and those that can create brilliant works that make you think, feel, learn, appreciate cultures, and sob uncontrollably – sometimes all on a small budget with which you couldn’t even purchase a brand new vehicle.
I’m certainly an outsider looking in, I fully admit that, but I suppose what I’m saying is that I’ve been grateful for my chance to explore this world a little deeper – all thanks to a blogging gig (and other bloggers), really.