While feature films and television series often take the spotlight when Vancouver’s film industry is discussed, the city is also a major production centre for commercials.
A total of 105 commercials were filmed within the city of Vancouver’s borders alone in 2014, and this increased by about 50% to 158 last year. Many of the larger commercial productions are car commercials for the North American market, such as a 2014 Jeep commercial that transformed the 400 block of Granville Street into a flowing river in winter.
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But a new commercial released today showcasing the new Nintendo Switch console could very well become the most-viewed Vancouver-filmed commercial.
Woven between the gaming scenes, throughout the 3 minute, 36 second video there are a number of recognizable outdoor locations, including the exterior of SkyTrain’s Burrard Station, Stanley Park, the basketball courts under the Cambie Street Bridge, and Pacific Coliseum.
At the time of writing, in less than 24 hours, the video on YouTube has already amassed over 4.8 million views.
3570 Eton Street, Vancouver (near Boundary Road)
A residence at 3570 Eton Street, Vancouver
Burrard Station / Art Philips Park
View of Burrard Station from the intersection of Dunsmuir and Burrard streets
Intersection of West Pender Street and Richards Street
View of MacLeod’s Books from the intersection of West Pender and Richards streets
Viewing point next to the Stanley Park Teahouse
Views from the open space next to the Teahouse at Stanley Park
TBC Indoor Kart Racing in Richmond
Exterior of TBC Indoor Kart Racing
Cambie Street Bridge on the downtown Vancouver side
Under the Cambie Street Bridge on the downtown Vancouver side
A rooftop near the intersection of Cambie Street and Smithe Street
Condo tower across the street in Yaletown
BCIT Aerospace Campus at Vancouver International Airport
BCIT Aerospace Campus on the eastern side of Sea Island (Vancouver International Airport)
Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics