VANCOUVER (LINK MAGAZINE) – Vancouver has been fighting to keep its Hollywood North title, with tax credit cuts and special effects studio closures contributing to the anxieties in the local filmmaking community. Such droughts in the industry normally correspond to a drop in newcomers interested in learning the craft. However, for those who are making their debut in the Vancouver film arts, the situation may not look as bleak.
The Lower Mainland houses many established film schools, with Langara, Simon Fraser and Emily Carr offering competitive training programs. One student filmmaker has shared the experience of making a feature film without the budget or the manpower of Hollywood giants.
How the rise and fall of the neon capital of Canada affects our discussion of city heritage
Vancouver’s tumultuous relationship with neon signs has been a subject of much discussion over the years, in both academic and popular platforms. Once the Neon Capital of Canada, the only remnants of the city’s once vibrant sign culture are the few restored signs and the infamous “Great White Way” of Granville Street.
Neon history of Vancouver was once again a topic of discussion at the Vancouver Heritage Foundation movie night showing of Glowing in the Dark, a 1997 documentary produced & directed by two local talents, Harry Killas and Alan Goldman. The film was shown in the venue formerly known as Hollywood theatre, which can suitably be found by means of one of the oldest neon signs in the West Side.