The film industry in Toronto has rebounded in a big way in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic – and nowhere is that more apparent than in the “bursting-at-the-seams” demand for production spaces in the GTA.
According to a recent article in the Globe & Mail, Hollywood North has responded to this surge with expansion plans that are already well underway:
“What the pandemic did was force a pause in production, but we have not altered course on our expansion plans,” Geoff Grant, general manager of Pinewood Toronto Studios, told the Globe & Mail, noting that studio clients aren’t changing their plans either.
“We’re bursting at the seams and turning away viable productions because of the lack of space available.”
“What this means is that there’s a market demand for trained labour and market demand for creative voices – and whenever there is this kind of demand, you need to have reliable feeders into the workforce,” said Barnsley, who also serves as CEO of Project 10 Productions and was the executive producer of CBC’s Schitt’s Creek.
“I feel Toronto Film School students are positioned very well for future employment, especially considering the education they’re getting and the foundation of knowledge they’re gaining from Toronto Film School programs,” he added, noting that the school offers a full slate of 18-month diploma programs ranging from Film Production, Writing for Film & Television, and Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre, to Fashion Design and Marketing for Fashion & Entertainment.
Touting a “world-class” local labour force as one of its impetuses, Barnsley said he’s confident the GTA will only continue to grow as a go-to location for productions both domestic and foreign.
“It really feels like this is just the beginning of this good news story. It feels like we’re on track for future, continued growth,” Barnsley said.
“And I think Toronto Film School students should be feeling very confident going into an industry that will value their education and their expertise.”