Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson head to Nova Scotia for The Lighthouse
Pre-production for The Lighthouse is now underway in Nova Scotia, with a lighthouse set being built at Cape Forchu on the Leif Erikson trail. The area will be closed until 11th May, at which point the production will move to a different location.
The lighthouse set, which will stand 20-metres tall upon completion, will replicate 20th century architecture to match its period setting. Additional scenes will be filmed in a hangar at Yarmouth airport.
Speaking to The Chronicle Herald, Leland Anthony, the warden for the municipality of Yarmouth explains: “it’s the rock formation that [the production] wanted in the Leif Ericson Park. They also liked the fact that there was a flat area next to a rocky backdrop.”
Directed by Robert Eggers and co-produced by New Regency and RT Features, The Lighthouse will tell the story of an ageing lighthouse keeper played by Willem Dafoe, with Robert Pattinson co-starring. A24 have already signed on for worldwide distribution.
Anthony adds: “it’s the slow time of the year [and] the location scout was very pleased to learn there was a local scaffolding company, for instance. It’s their off-time of the year. You don’t see much scaffolding going up right now so there’s an economic spin-off right there.
Nova Scotia employs an incentive programme to subsidise the costs of filming within the Canadian province. 26% of eligible costs can be reimbursed but productions can receive a total of 32% if extra criteria are met.
Hulu recently utilised Nova Scotia for its upcoming adaptation of the Locke & Key series of graphic novels.
Global Filming Incentive - Canada (see more…)
- Newfoundland & Labrador: Tax Credit
- NWT Travel Rebate
- NWT Expenditure Rebate
- Cost-Of-Production Tax Credit
- Cost-Of-Salaries Tax Credit
- Canada: Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)
- Canada: The Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC)
- The Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit: Frequent Filming Bonus
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