Here is a list of our 00's hits:
2000 - Da Vinci’s Inquest
Da Vinci’s Inquest was filmed in Vancouver, BC over its entire run. Set in Vancouver, the TV show is loosely based on the real-life experiences of Larry Campbell, the former chief coroner of Vancouver.
The show’s star, Nicholas Campbell notes about Vancouver, "Vancouver is a central character in the show. That's where we've succeeded. The more specific you get, in dealing with things on location, the more universal and genuine it becomes."
Chris Haddock, the show creator, mentioned upon winning Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award, “First of all, I’m gonna say that this is really an acknowledgement of the entire Vancouver community,” Haddock said in his acceptance speech.
“I’m very proud of that [Da Vinic's Inquest] ’cause it stands up and it feels contemporary when you see it today ’cause it’s addressing problems that haven’t gone away and that kind of thing.”
Still Photographers: Diyah Pera, Michael Courtney, Jeff Weddell, Bob Akester.
Image courtesy of CBC
2001 - Smallville
We head to Metropolis for this production. Smallville was filmed in Vancouver, BC and ran for 10 seasons, shooting 217 episodes.
The Daily Planet is actually the Marine Building; The Watchtower building is the Sun Tower; Vancouver Block 736 appears as the Queen Tower; two different buildings are used for the LuthorCorp Plaza, one for the entrance and the other for the upper shots."
Miles Millar, one of the show’s creator, mentioned that Smallville should be the epitome of "Smalltown, USA".
The show spurred on many other comic book productions from the CW network in Vancouver which includes; Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, DC Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and many more.
Still Photographer: David Gray
Image courtesy of The CW
2002 - X-MEN II
Back to film as we introduce X-Men 2 (2003).
One of the less daunting, although critically important, decisions made by the production was where the second film would be shot. In 1999, "X-Men" spent five months on location in Toronto. This time, however, the filmmakers agreed that it made more sense to film in Vancouver.
"We chose Vancouver because it had larger stage spaces to accommodate our truly gargantuan sets and we needed snow - and lots of it - for the third act," says producer Ralph Winter.
"The Canadian Rockies are not that far from Vancouver which was convenient for us. "
…After four-and-a-half months of a record dry summer in Vancouver, the production wrapped up principal photography with a six-day shooting schedule in the Canadian Rockies, near Kananaskis, Alberta.
The "Alkali Lake" set was a mountain clearing situated between Upper Kananaskis Lake and Lower Kananaskis Lake. While it is, perhaps, one of the most picturesque landscapes in North America, it is also one of the most rugged and is home to Rocky Mountain Sheep, black bears, wolves, coyotes, foxes, deer and elk. Because the set was situated over 6,000 feet above sea level in between the two lakes, it was smack in the middle of a natural wind tunnel. The cast and crew braved 55mph winds (with recorded gusts up to 80mph) and frigid temperatures. As one astute crew member put it: "This is Wolverine country. "
Still Photographer: Doane Gregory
Image courtesy of 20th Century
2003 - Corner Gas
Welcome to the party, Saskatchewan!
Corner Gas (2003) was filmed entirely in Saskatchewan.
Set in a fictional small town in the middle of Saskatchewan, Corner Gas became Canada’s most-watched comedy program, with a regular weekly audience in the two-million-plus viewer range on CTV.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, creator Brent Butt commented on that it was made for Saskatchewanians, “we "just get it," noting the rural nuances we know and love from the series that make it feel like it was made just for us [Saskatchewanians].
He acknowledged, of course, there is value added if you are from Saskatchewan. "Saskatchewan is the backdrop; it's the postcard -- because of where it is and what you see [on the show]. You don't have to talk about it a lot. It just kind of is. The horizon is there, the fields are there and that sky is there."
Still Photographer: Allan Feildel
Image courtesy of CTV
2004 - Brokeback Mountain
We head to the mountains of Alberta for day 15. Brokeback Mountain was filmed in Canada during the summer of 2004.
“It really shows how smart Ang is,” mentioned Darryl Solly, the films locations manager. “In his head, he was able to make Fort Macleod, parts of Cowley, parts of Carseland, Blackie, Crossfield, Rockyford, and Calgary all one town. As we did this, we all were trying to figure out how it would look when it all came together. Well, it does work.”
An interview with Tom Benz, Brokeback Mountain’s production manager reveals it was the opportunity Alberta produced as a location that was key to securing filming in the province,
“What sealed the deal was having Ang Lee in my car for three days, introducing him to the potential of Alberta. Then we put him in a plane and sent him to Wyoming so that he could see physically if he had the same thing. He saw that he had far more opportunity in Alberta. Today, he very definitely feels that he filmed it in the right place.”
When filming was over, Ang Lee even became a Calgary Flames fan, as Benz remembers,
“He went to play-off games as a guest of the owners. If anyone has a very good hockey script [laughing], he probably would read it. He did become a fan and mentioned to me that hockey was a “wonderful, violent ballet.”
Interviews can be found at http://www.findingbrokeback.com/Interviews/Benz/Benz.html
Still Photographer: Kimberley French
Image courtesy of Touchstone Pictures
2005 - Supernatural
Vancouver has been the home base for Supernatural (2005) for its entire run, spanning 15 years.
Although largely filmed in the Vancouver region, the series has also shot on Vancouver Island, in the Thompson/Okanagan, Kootenay area and elsewhere – a total of 18 communities.
In his recent interview with ASC Mag, Serge Ladouceur, CSC mentioned, “What we call the Lower Mainland, which Vancouver is a part of, has a lot to offer in terms of the variety of natural, countryside and city landscapes”
You can revisit that amazing interview here: https://ascmag.com/articles/supernatural
Actor Samantha Smith, who played Mary Winchester since the pilot on 2005, Smith noticed the trend for certain types of shows and networks taking advantage of the location,
“This part of the world, this part of BC, can be anywhere. It has every topography, every style, every look, except maybe Hawaii! It has snow, it has mountains, it has sea, it has lakes, it has quarries… it has everything.”
“It’s lent itself to being anywhere in the United States and I have people asking me all the time, ‘Do you travel to actual states to film those things?’ So, the beauty of Vancouver is not only that it’s welcoming, and the crews are great but just the physicality of it has made the show possible. I’m not sure we could do it anywhere else.”
The @hypable interview can be found here: https://www.hypable.com/supernatural-season-15-vancouver-episode/
Still Photographers: Katie Yu, Dean Buscher, Liane Hentscher, David Gray
Image courtesy of The CW
2006 - Eureka
We head to the town of Eureka for the next in the series. The Syfy show ran for five seasons between 2006 and 2012. Set in the fictional town of Eureka, Oregon, the whole series was filmed in British Columbia. Filming locations included Chilliwak, Ladysmith, and Burnaby (Vancouver Film Studios).
Interviews from past note the closeness of the cast and crew. The chemistry on set was very family like, as Ed Quinss, who plays on Eureka mentioned,
“Not only are they such a type knit family, but they are so incredibly competent, especially working on tight schedules, with tight budget, and very ambitious scripts and so, I think the crew is really what sets the foundation for allowing, and the actors we really just all get along, it's just fun. We came back, we just had a big welcome dinner and you couldn’t even hear yourself think cause of the laughter and the stories, and everybody was so excited to see everyone. It’s so hard to get a show together where everybody pretty much gets along. We just really kind of hit the jackpot.”
Check out the interview here: http://www.thescifiworld.net/interviews/ed_quinn_01.htm
In addition, an interview with Felecia Day, who plays Dr. Holly Marten on the show also noted about the cast and crew,
“The cast AND the crew are just genuinely a pleasure to be around. There is no hierarchy, no egos, just people coming together to make the best show they can. I haven’t been on a show this long since Buffy, and it’s very true that working on a film set is like forming a family. When I get on a plane to go to do an episode, I feel excited to see my Vancouver family again. It’s a true blessing, this role.”
Interview can be found here: http://www.mtv.com/news/2622253/interview-felicia-day-talks-eureka-the-guild-and-dragon-age/
Still Photographer: Liane Hentscher & James Dittiger
Image courtesy of The NBC
2007 - Juno
Juno (2007) was filmed in and around Vancouver, BC in the winter / spring of 2007. The film was originally supposed to be filmed in Minnesota, but the film’s director, Jason Reitman wanted the film shot in Vancouver instead.
The decision paid off, as Juno was the the first-ever Vancouver-made best-picture nominee.
On the cast and crew, Brad Van Arragon, the films co-producer noted tat an integral part of any movie is its crew, and the 80 to 90 Vancouverites who worked on Juno are very pleased with all the praise.
"I'm amazed," says co-producer
"I think it's great, and it's happening to a great group of people. It's a bit of a surprise, I must say. When we were shooting it, I knew it was quite a special film, but I would never in a million years have predicted this sort of success.
Michael Williams, Juno’s production manager added, "It had an extraordinary crew, one of the finest I've seen," .
Still Photographer: Doane Gregory
Image courtesy of Searchlight Pictures
2008 - The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
A unique film presides over day 19. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) was a unique production to film in Vancouver.
After the passing of Heath Ledger, the film hired Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to finish the film.
Vancouver offered the filmmakers the ability to shoot at multiple on set locations, like the Orpheum, and the ability to shoot on sound stages too.
As the production designer on the film, Anastasia Masaro remarks,
“We had three different stages that we shot on, and we also had about six locations. We did two flashback sequences in the 1930s, and we had the end sequences [where Doctor Parnassus demonstrates the toy theatre]. We shot at the Orpheum [and] at the Vancouver Public Library.
The challenge in Vancouver was first of all getting all of that scenery built. People think you just put actors in front of blue screen, and you call it a day. It was a lot of construction; we actually spent more money in Vancouver than we did in London in construction.”
Read the full interview here: http://www.wideanglecloseup.com/parnassus_masaro.html
Still Photographers: Kimberly French & Alan Markfield
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures
2009 - Hot Tub Time Machine
We enter the world of hot tubs for our next production. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) was filmed in Fernie, BC and Vancouver Studios.
In an interview with Vulture, and much like Robin Williams on the set of Jumanji, Craig Robinson entered the Vancouver comedy scene during filming,
“There was a comedy club down the street from the hotel called Yuk Yuk, in beautiful downtown Vancouver. Rob [Corddry] and I went down there one night and we did a bit that we just made up that day, to do in front of a crowd.”
Robinson notes about Fernie, BC,
“Doing the movie, we went to a small ski town in British Columbia, called Fernie, B.C. It was a beautiful place, but in the woods, and the snow, and darkness, it felt like The Shining sometimes.”
Find the interview here: https://www.vulture.com/2010/03/craig_robinson_is_way_too_busy.html
Still Photographers: Kimberly French & Alan Markfield
Image courtesy of MGM