Thursday, February 24, 2011

BC Minister Strengthens Local Film/Games Industry

Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, British Columbia reports $1,479,000 in funding for Capilano University and the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA) to strengthen the local film industry.

"BC's film industry generates thousands of jobs and is a strong economic force in this province," said Yelich.

"The purchase of equipment for Capilano University's Bosa Centre, will help film students and existing industry professionals in BC ensure that their skill set remains current in this competitive market. And thanks to our investment in the MPPIA, these very students will be able to transition into a stronger and more productive film industry."

$969,000 in funding for Capilano University will equip its new Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. With the investment, Capilano U will purchase stereoscopic three dimensional (S3D) equipment, including cameras, monitors, two S3D camera rigs and other supporting technology for the Bosa Centre.

The University will also train students to use S3D technology and offer opportunities for those currently employed in the BC film industry to upgrade their skills.

"Digital S3D is the leading-edge technology in cinematography and it is important that the western Canadian entertainment industry and institutions are equipped to take advantage of the arising opportunities," said Yelich.

"Digital technology, including 3D for animation and gaming, is the future of the entertainment industry. As a result of this initiative, BC will strengthen its position as a premier destination for film production."

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