2012 set to become a record year for Montreal's film industry
2012 is shaping up to be a record year for the film industry in Montreal.
And it's thanks, in part, to one big-time movie shoot.
German director Roland Emmerich is shooting part of his $170 million blockbuster White House Down in this city...which is set to generate some $80 million in economic spinoffs for Montreal, roughly comparable to what the Grand Prix generates.
And Hans Fraikin, Quebec's film and TV commissioner, says Montreal's reputation as a place to make movies continues to be strong.
"The figures are telling us more and more so, but it's not only the figures, it's the people, the producers, the players that I meet in Hollywood on a regular basis are giving me the same feedback," Fraikin says.
He says the city's film business is on track for its fourth consecutive 'biggest year ever'.
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