Not quite like any other place, Montreal blends the charm and flair of Europe with the modernity of North America. It's a world culinary, fashion and arts center. This is vividly apparent at every turn.
An 80 minute flight from N.Y.C., some locations here look very much like France, some very much like New York, others like another planet altogether - many of these within walking distance of each other.
Unlike L.A, or N.Y.C., many amazing-looking corners of the city have never been seen on screen before and even fewer have ever been used in advertising.
Our passionate crews have worked on a long list of locally shot blockbusters, such as "X-Men" and "The Life of Pi", after having been trained in rigorous, comprehensive schools.
People rave about their attitude - much more focussed on getting the shot and being positive members of a "creative family" than counting their overtime hours. Their unique cultural perspective gives a particular, warm touch to every creative department.
Our film infrastructure, such as studios and equipment rental, is also world class.
Between Montreal and Toronto, there is a huge stable of experienced, talented actors of every look imaginable, asking for union rates far lower than SAG. However, if need be, actors can also be flown in from the U.S., with easy to obtain temporary work permits.
Montrealers also welcome film production as an exciting job creator. City Hall is very accommodating with cheap street permits, and residents are unlikely to complain - on the contrary, we've even had neighbours bring us out home-baked pastries!
$1 U.S. dollar = $1.32 Canadian, but the savings don't end there.
Imagine renting an immense, museum quality historic theater for $1200 a day, ordering gourmet, multi-course French craft meals for $15 a plate, blocking traffic on a busy downtown street for $125 an hour, or retiring to your ultra-luxury hotel suite that cost you $145 a night.
We, as locals, with many longstanding relationships of mutual support, get even lower prices than the already amazing deals American feature film producers keep coming back for.
No matter what your budget may be, if you shoot with us in Montreal, a lot more is possible than you thought.