Port Hope experienced its share of the thrill of the filming industry in 2011.
In the summer of 2011, Port Hope played host to a production crew from Toronto who were filming a pilot for CBC entitled ‘Wish List’ – the story of three generations of women who are travelling through small town Ontario. Along the way, the three encounter trouble when the mischievous daughter steals coins from the small-town Findley’s ancient Wishing Well. The pilot starred Chelah Horsdal, Mary Walsh, Tiera Skovbye and Eric Peterson and will air on CBC.
The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries. OMDC promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs, and original content creation. The OMDC also facilitates the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC) which offers an additional 10% to productions filmed outside the GTA. As such, the Municipality of Port Hope has experienced a recent boost in filming activity due to an increase in projects coming out of Toronto. Port Hope offers many other advantages… Economic Development Assistant Lorraine Bulger worked with the producers of Wish List to assist in their initial inquiries;
“the production crew was overwhelmed by the beauty and charm of Port Hope. Producers told us they had logged 3,000 kms searching for just the right location and were delighted with Port Hope’s charm.”
In September of 2011, the Municipality hosted another production crew filming the movie version of the Stephen Leacock book Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. The book is set in 1912 and therefore required some ‘set dressing’ to create the turn of the century look. Three properties on King Street were used during the filming including St. Mark’s Church.
All production crews are supplied with a Film Resource Guide which includes listings for local products and services which may be required during filming. The economic benefit of filming can be seen through hotel bookings, dining in local restaurants, crew purchases, renting local facilities and utilizing local resources.
Owned Entertainment President, James Hergott grew up in the area and is excited about the many advantages that IDEAHUB offers for his new studio. The first film to be produced at the local studio is already in the works and agreements are in place to produce several more in the next few years, Mr. Hergott anticipates that the studio will grow quickly.