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It’s back!!!!

Last year I wrote an article that started like this…

“Wouldn’t it be nice if you could predict your success in the film industry every year?”

I then went on and provided you with a plethora of stats that would help you do exactly that!

That article turned out to be our most read article to date, and you guys and gals must have really enjoyed it too…

…because it was shared over 2,000 times!

*Thank you!* :)

Here’s the best part!

That article turned out to be very true of how 2017 played out.

This is good news for you…

…because we’re back with a 2nd edition!

Using the same (impressively accurate) stats that enabled film industry performers to optimize their efforts in 2017 (and adding a few new stats this year), we once again carefully curated the data from our monthly What’s Filming production list to share the knowledge with you in this updated article.

Why?

So that you can strategically focus your attention on the right task, at the right time, to get your best results in 2018 as well. And…

…that’s what Reel Academy is all about, and it’s why I started this company. We curate film industry knowledge and develop useful tools for performers so that they can do their best work.


So hold onto your craft services coffee cups and yummy mini-donuts… 
Here’s everything you need to know to anticipate your work in 2018 and plan for your most successful year yet!
  • The golden months for performer training & continuing education are Jan-Feb, and May-July. (Tweet this)
  • 2017 On-set work volume in Canada’s film industry jobs surpassed 2016 in 11 of the 12 months. (Tweet this)
  • Fall is the busiest season for Canadian film industry jobs, and Oct the busiest month. (Tweet this)
  • British Columbia was the busiest province for Film & TV work opportunities (topping Ontario by 10%). (Tweet this)
  • There was an increase in feature films, TV series, and TV movies filmed in Canada in 2017 compared to 2016. (Tweet this)
  • January is the best month to take a vacation in the Canadian film industry. (Tweet this)
  • February & May are the two best months to find new representation. (Tweet this)
  • There was as much episodic TV filming in Canada in 2017 as all other formats combined. (Tweet this)
  • Best chance of working on a feature film in Canada is in the late summer. (Tweet this)
  • Best chance of working on a TV series in Canada is in the fall. (Tweet this)
  • Best chance of working on a new TV pilot in Canada is in March. (Tweet this)
  • The busiest Extras Casting Directors in Canada during 2017, by province, were: Sandra-Ken Freeman (BC), Marcy Ditcher (AB), Kari Casting (MB), Roisin McGilly (ON), and Julie Breton (QC). (Tweet this)
  • The busiest Principle Film & TV Casting Directors in Canada during 2017, by province, were: Jackie Lind & Candice Elzinga (TIE) (BC), Rhonda Fisekci (AB), Carmen Kotyk (MB), Stephanie Gorin (ON), and Kenyon Wells Casting (QC). (Tweet this)
  • The top 5 overall busiest Extras Casting Directors in Canada during 2017 were: #1 Sandra-Ken Freeman (BC), #2 Sara Brown (BC), #3 BCF Casting (BC), #4 Roisin McGilly (ON), #5 Donna Dupere (ON). (Tweet this)
  • The top 5 overall busiest Principle Film & TV Casting Directors in Canada during 2017 were: #1 Stephanie Gorin (ON), #2 Robin Cook (ON), #3 (TIE) Jackie Lind (BC), #3 (TIE) Candice Elzinga (BC), #5 Clark & Paige Casting (BC). (Tweet this)
I've also created a one-page, high resolution, PDF of the 2017 infographic for easy consuming, printing, and sharing. Download a PDF version here.
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Hungry for more juicy statistics?

Dive into our stats from 2016 as well!

I’ve made it super easy for you to do that ;)
Here’s all of our stats from our review of 2016!
  • The golden months for training Film & TV talent are in Jan & Feb, followed by May & July. (Tweet this)
  • 2016 On-set work volume in Canada’s film industry jobs surpassed 2015 at every month of the year. (Tweet this)
  • Fall is the busiest season for Canadian film industry jobs, and Oct the busiest month. (Tweet this)
  • BC had almost as many on-set opportunities for Film & TV performers as the rest of Canada combined. (Tweet this)
  • January is the best month to take a vacation in the Canadian film industry. (Tweet this)
  • January and February are the best months to find new agent representation. (Tweet this)
  • Episodic TV productions are by far the biggest production format in Canada. (Tweet this)
  • There were as many on-set work days on episodic TV shoots as there were in all other formats combined. (Tweet this)
  • Best chance of working on a feature film in Canada is in the summer. (Tweet this)
  • Best chance of working on a TV series in Canada is in the fall. (Tweet this)
  • Best chance of working on a new TV pilot in Canada is in March. (Tweet this)
I've also created a one-page, high resolution, PDF of the 2016 infographic for easy consuming, printing, and sharing. Download a PDF version here.
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About Martin Traz

Martin Traz is the founder and director of ReelAcademy.com

Since being inspired by the magic of movie making as a performer, Martin has shared this experience with principal performers, models, stand-ins, and background actors. He has booked thousands of performer set days across films, TV shows, pilots, and commercials. Today, Martin focuses on curating knowledge and developing tools for the Canadian film industry so that everyone can do their best work. Connect with Martin on Facebook.
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A Note About Our Statistical Conclusions

Our statistics are based on the data we collect every single month we update our monthly Whats Filming production list. That list only reflects union productions that are applicable to performers for on-set work (excluding commercials, music videos and video games as those productions do not provide public listings). Productions such as ultra-low budget, indie productions, non-union, animation, commercials, music videos, video games, and post-only work are not included in our monthly list, and therefore are also excluded from our statistical conclusions. Any productions that wrap within the first 5 days of any month, or start within the last 5 days of any month are also excluded from our monthly production listing as they do not offer the minimum 5 days of set work that we use as our benchmark for our production lists; and therefore any shows that would fall within that omission would also be exuded from our statistical conclusions. Our casting director charts have been established by a point system. Every time an extras or principle casting director is listed for one of the productions appearing on our monthly Whats Filming list (following the aforementioned restrictions), they are given one point. At the end of the year, all of the points are tallied for all extras and principle casting directors, and those point totals conclude the positioning of both casting director charts. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding our industry review, you may send them directly to our team at: achieve@reelacademy.com.

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