JR Studio is open for business in Calgary. Officially opened at the beginning of September, the 30k square foot building has already been recently utilized by productions, such as the pilot for Calgary-shot western series Damnation, and has history with Calgary film as far back as 1989. However, this is its first foray into full-time film and television production. The large facility includes office space and just over a hectare of land for trailers. Managing director Jim Walsh and owner Ron Henchell are hoping the additional studio space will help the city’s growing industry, especially for smaller or independent projects with lower budgets.
Kevin Kurytnik, an assistant professor at the Alberta College of Art and Design, is ready to present an animated passion project that’s been seven years in the making. Skin for Skin tells the story of George Simpson, the Hudson Bay’s Governor-in-Chief, and the 8km cross-Canada journey he embarked in the 1820’s. The project involved the talents of many ACAD animation students before they moved abroad to follow the animation industry. Driven by a desire to represent parts of Canada’s oft-forgotten “origin story”, Skin for Skin will screen at the Calgary International Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, and the Edmonton International Film Festival.
Earlier this month, controversy arose in Winnipeg over the Monday-Friday closure of Arlington Bridge for a film shoot. With detours in place and a cost to the filmmakers, spokespeople for the city and for On Screen Manitoba assured that the short-term inconvenience could be part of a long-term benefit for Manitoba’s film industry — not just in allowing the film crew to use the area, but showcasing what Winnipeg has to offer to other potential film productions.
By Meagan Hotz