We are overrun by filmmakers
RE: Movie making in Hamilton
After moving to Hamilton we discovered our neighbourhood is frequently overrun by filmmakers. After looking into this, it appears the City’s filming policy does more harm than good, supports an unfair compensation system, and is based on allowing more residential filming than its competitors.
The City reported that filming brought in $8.4 million in 2015. Sounds like a lot but it’s barely a rounding error in a billion dollar economy and certainly not enough to justify what goes on in our neighbourhoods. When the City discloses these numbers, it would be helpful to know if the information comes from the filmmakers.
Whatever the amounts are, the cash is not fairly distributed. Reportedly, hotels and other businesses receive significant sums. Residents renting out homes are rumoured to receive up to $20,000 per day while neighbours experiencing the collateral damage of filming receive nothing. It’s doubtful the City’s $58 permit fees cover its expenses; so all taxpayers subsidize those receiving the most money.
Unlike Toronto, Hamilton has no bylaws limiting residential filming and is the dream location for any series needing unregulated access. Sometimes, when a neighbourhood reaches its breaking point, the City will suspend filming. The studios just move to another location and repeat the process. I support the City’s efforts to promote economic growth but we need a balanced approach that protects residents from excessive filming. Fred Cranston, Hamilton