Written by Tom Deehan on Dec 2, 2016. Posted in On Location / Production News

The Humanity Bureau starring Nicolas Cage now filming in Osoyoos, Canada

Rob W. King’s science-fiction feature, The Humanity Bureau has begun filming in the small lakeside town of Osoyoos, British Columbia. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Sarah Lind, depicting a dystopian United States destroyed by global warming, leading the Government to banish citizens who are deemed unessential to the rebuilding process.

Located in the Southern region of the Okanagan Valley, Osoyoos is a largely untapped location, having only been featured in a select few productions including The Amazing Race and The Big Year with Steven Martin.

Detailing the shoot, local Film Commissioner Jon Summerland explains: “we are very pleased that this feature film is being shot here in its entirety in the Okanagan… we are not just a location for a segment of the film and this will promote to other producers to see the Okanagan as a full production centre, not just a partial location, for their feature films.”

Bridgegate Pictures, Minds Eye Entertainment and VMI Worldwide are all on board to produce, with additional funding providing by London-based company The Fyzz.

By filming in British Columbia, The Humanity Bureau will have access to the province’s 28% tax credit incentive. There is no cap on the amount that can be claimed through the scheme but a minimum spend of USD1 million must be met in the case of feature films.

British Columbia’s incentive used to be set at a higher rate of 33% but was decreased in 2016 after concerns of inflated Government spending. This also affected the local incentive on post-production work, changing from 17.5% to 16%.

Despite the now lower financial incentive, British Columbia remains a hive of production activity. All of DC Comics’ current TV line-up including The Flash and Supergirl are filmed there, alongside upcoming features such as Power Rangers and Fifty Shades Darker.


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