Challenges to the Canadian Film Industry
Canada’s film industry has always been small, a natural side effect of a relatively small population. Though the country is made up mostly of English speakers, the ability to reach a broad world market, budget and climate also influences local production. Canada also loses a lot of talent to more established film centres, including everything from actors to graduates from film schools in Canada.
Population (and Language)
Canada, at least, can boast accent-neutral English. They can also snag a spot in the French film market because of their French-speaking populations in provinces like Quebec, New Brunswick, and Ontario. But if the country is blessed with geography, the country simply doesn’t have the people to go with it. A smaller population means less money, unless a film is being made for export, and cumulatively the numbers don’t give the country a talent pool like other nations. Even as a first world country with a high standard of living, comparatively poorer India has Bollywood making local films to service a local audience, while the small Canadian population is mostly serviced just as well by imports from other English-speaking countries. There’s generally estimated to be around three million adult unilingual Francophones. This means that there is not enough of a home-grown language-special market and tiny talent pools feeding into in the Canadian acting and film production programs.
With advances in lighting technology this isn’t quite as important as in the past, but Canada’s film industry was stunted in part because of the winter and high inclement weather rates in the warmer parts of the country. As you’d learn in any Film Schools in Canada, movies are just captures light. Dry and warm is considerably better for shooting movies, and film industries built up in Hollywood for just that reason.
There are lots of good choices for a person to study for film, whether they pick an audio production school or film production programs. The government subsidized Nation Film Board gives lots of fresh grads their first experience. And the award lists alone show Canada has some fantastic talent. But as soon as these new grads are stamped out many of them choose to hop the border and head for bigger studios and bigger audiences. Arguably Canada punches above its weight as far as the talent to population size ration, but if they all leave the country Canada loses out.
It’s not all bleak, however. The same talents that go into making a modern film are also being lapped up by Canada’s computer game industry. Though it’s not the biggest part of the market in the world, it’s strong and talented, with many best-selling titles and work for all sorts of talented Canadians.
Visit Trebas Institute for more information on launching a film industry career including studying at an audio production school.