Reel West Magazine

Western Canada’s film industry production directory


Posted on October 21, 2014

In 1986 the film industry believed that if the Dominion Bridge property was converted to a permanent studio, our industry would flourish. Many people and organizations pulled together to lobby the provincial government to make an investment in our future. The provincial government did step-up and the Bridge Studios were built, giving British Columbia a sound stage that could compete with any in North America.

In November of 1986 Reel West Magazine reported that the provincial government announced a $5 million dollar investment. Here is our story:

Posted on October 21, 2014

We make no guarantees, just summarizing what we have heard.

Star Trek
Paramount Pictures
Director Roberto Orci embarks the Enterprise on it's 5 year mission in deep space.

Posted on October 21, 2014
Just Eat It Poster

From the Dumpster to the Red Carpet: DIY East Vancouver Filmmakers Breach the Mainstream
By Matt Coté

Posted on October 21, 2014
Continuum Cast

More series, more hours of viewing - on a television screen: New study reveals how Canadians watch audiovisual content

On September 25, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and SODEC Québec released a study that indicates Canadians increasingly choose to watch TV series in preference to feature films and most viewing is done via TV.

The study also found that consumers are increasingly seeking on-demand access to audiovisual products across a wide variety of platforms.

Posted on October 20, 2014

Summarized by Katja De Bock

Western Canadian Award winners

Thanksgiving marked the end of Western Canada's three major film festivals in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, leaving thousands of film lovers thankful for some great Canadian cinema and many lucky filmmakers with a slate of newly obtained awards on their palmares.

Reel West congratulates all award winners and nominees!

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) took place September 18 -28

Posted on September 18, 2014

A mandate for our e-newsletter is to promote local filmmakers and share their work with our community. We are proud to present trailers for a few film featured in VIFF’s BC Spotlight.

Screening at the Vancouver International Film Festival October 2 & 10

Posted on September 18, 2014
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As TV and film producers face the challenges and benefits of an increasingly digital universe, magazines publishers are moving forward in a world where you’re more likely to be reading this on your pad than on paper. For us, that creates a fascinating new dynamic where readers are used to getting timely news instantly, but magazines might be downloaded to your favourite device forever.

Posted on September 18, 2014
VIFF Industry Conference

VIFF Industry Conference gets down to business, showcasing major players and creators at the Rogers Industry Centre, Oct. 1-4

The newly re-branded VIFF Industry Conference (formerly VIFF Film & Television Forum) takes place October 1 – 4 during the heart of the Vancouver International Film Festival at the Rogers Industry Centre (otherwise known as the Vancity Theatre).

Posted on September 18, 2014
Vancouver's Parasol Advanced Systems

Hermann Fruhm knows a thing or two about the world of entertainment. The Coquitlam, B.C. resident was a professional piano player with the jazz band Mood Jga Jga for more than a decade before re-focusing his skills as an inventor and businessman. His latest endeavour: Nothing less than revolutionizing the entertainment lighting industry.

Posted on September 17, 2014
Gak Shack Vending Machine

If you forget your duct tape, green laser pen or iPhone charger while working long hours at North Shore Studios, there's no more need to send your PA on a trip to the store. The Gak Shack vending machine behind Truffles Fine Foods, next to Stage provides all of these items, and many more goodies, 24/7.

Posted on September 10, 2014
Anne Wheeler and DOP Vic Sarin

In honour of the 25th anniversary of Anne Wheeler's Bye Bye Blues, here an article that appeared in our August/September 1989 issue of Reel West Magazine. Photo of Anne Wheeler and her DOP Vic Sarin onset.

Alberta's Prolific Anne Wheeler
by Ian Caddell

In a country where even the best known film directors take three to four years to arrange financing and complete projects, you can count the prolific filmmakers on the fingers of one hand.



For more than 30 years, Reel West productions has been the one-stop source for people in film, television, video, and multimedia Production in Western Canada. With a shining reputation within the Western Canadian film industry, trade leaders turn to Reel West for credible news and analysis - information vital to their professions.

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