Jellotor: it's next door to where I just started work a couple of weeks ago, which is indeed a film production backlot. But as far as I know, that's not part of the production company's property. I suspect these vehicles and grounded helis are owned by some other company and are being rented from time to time to various film productions. The yellow cab suggests that more than anything else.... but there's also a good spread in terms of period/era. And it makes sense that lots like these are located more on the fringes... land values being what they are down in the core. There are some huge parcels of land north of the city given over to period fire trucks, police cars, various planes... it's very cool and probably a quite lucrative business.
Tell me about it! We are shooting a short film in the spring set in 1938 and it's a challenge to find inexpensive period vehicles. Cam Woolley, ex OPP traffic sergeant, has an extensive period emergency vehicle collection, I believe.
Didn't know that. I've heard of Cam, of course. But I didn't know he rented stuff to the industry. But there are a few other characters out there who own great vintage equipment.
But say: "inexpensive period vehicles -" heck, do they even exist anywhere in the GTA, or anywhere near a major film and TV centre anywhere in Canada, for that matter? Our show is set in 1900, so we tend to rent covered wagons, carriages and the like from some dude up north. Beautiful stuff.
Well, I'll be shooting in Owen Sound...the last major film i remember shooting in that area was One Magic Christmas in the 1980s. I thought about just speaking with some of the local vintage car enthusiasts but my 3 week vacation has sort of delayed everything.