Pinewood Toronto Studios

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Exterior view, Commissioners Street

Coordinates: 43°38′57.94″N 79°20′30.98″W / 43.6494278°N 79.3419389°W / 43.6494278; -79.3419389

Pinewood Toronto Studios (formerly known as Filmport) is a major film and television studio complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the largest of its kind in Canada. It is the first in Toronto capable of accommodating the production of large blockbuster movies.[1] The studio is named for UK based The Pinewood Studios Group.

It is located across the shipping channel from Hearn Generating Station along Commissioners Street.

History[edit]

Construction[edit]

The Mega Stage under construction in 2008

The project covers 4.5 hectares (11 acres) of land in the Port Lands area of Toronto, a former industrial area, that is already home to a number of smaller studios. The Port Lands site was originally a brownfield site owned by Imperial Oil, and required considerable cleanup prior to reuse.

Initial work on the complex began in August 2006[2] and the first phase opened on August 20, 2008.[3]

From Filmport to Pinewood Toronto Studios[edit]

In June 2009, the studio entered into a comprehensive sales and marketing agreement with The Pinewood Studios Group, resulting in the facility being renamed Pinewood Toronto Studios.[4]

Green initiatives[edit]

Pinewood Toronto Studios was constructed to be a “green” facility with a number of environmental considerations.[5]

  • Automated lighting, heating and cooling systems
  • All stages and offices are insulated to reduce the amount of heating/cooling energy used
  • Appliances in wardrobe and craft/kitchen areas are water/energy efficient
  • Instantaneous hot water systems in kitchens and craft rooms
  • General recycling
  • Bioswale to remediate drainage water in front of the lot (water reused for irrigation)
  • Runoff water pool from the roof of the Mega Stage (water reused for irrigation)
  • Local vegetation requiring less water usage
  • Nighttime irrigation
  • Filtered water coolers

Stages and facilities[edit]

The 11-hectare lot features seven purpose-built soundstages and one converted warehouse, ranging from 10,000 square feet (930 m2) to 46,000 square feet (4,300 m2). The largest soundstage, called the Mega Stage, is more than 46,000 square feet (4,300 m2) and is the largest purpose-built soundstage in North America. The facilities are designed to accommodate the production of five simultaneous mid sized feature films, or two massive projects.

The complex also houses an array of office space and ancillary services on the lot.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official site: FILMPORT". Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  2. ^ "(www.hollywoodnorthreport.com) "Ontario Liberals Boosting Film/ TV Tax Credits."". Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ Rob Roberts (2008-08-20). "Burgers, optimism at Filmport opening". National Post. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Pinewood takes on management of Toronto’s Filmport". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Green Initiatives". The Pinewood Studios Group. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  6. ^ Vlessing, Etan (December 23, 2010). "Report: Columbia Pictures' 'Total Recall' Headed to Toronto". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved June 6, 2011. 

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