Great year for filming

Godzilla gave a monster boost to New Westminster’s filming revenue last year.

The blockbuster reboot of the long-running series of Japanese monster movies generated $124,416 in film permit revenues when it stomped into town last summer.

That’s almost a quarter of the total $431,837 the city earned from 54 filming permits in 2013.

In addition to the Godzilla feature, New West also hosted crews from the feature films Big Eyes and Shallow Graves, as well as TV series Arrow, Almost Human and Once Upon a Time.

Even a commercial for Centrum vitamins was filmed in the city.

Downtown and the Queen’s Park neighbourhood are still the most popular locations for filming.

In total there were 94 filming days in New West.

Even though that’s fewer than the 107 filming days in 2012, the revenue was the second highest since 2009 and well ahead of the average of $337,030.

Money from filming permits goes into the city’s general revenues.

It also helps pay for services the city provides to film crews, like police and traffic control.

In addition to the permit fees, a report to council said crews from the Godzilla set spent about $215,000 in the Downtown area when they were there.



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