Filming in Manitoba

Manitoba has it all!

The highest tax credit in the country

  • Currently with a tax credit of up to 65% (45 % base, with 5% rural, 5% Manitoba producer and a 10% frequent filmer bonus), Manitoba has one of the highest tax credits in the country. And with lower production costs, Manitoba can go toe to toe with most tax credits in the U.S.

Studios and postproduction facilities

  • Purpose-built studio with 15,000 sq. ft. clear span, supported by office space, a carpentry shop, loading docks, wardrobe and a commissary. In addition, there are a variety of warehouses that enable Manitoba to accommodate multiple shows.
  • Winnipeg is the prairie headquarters for William F. White.
  • Manitoba is home to leading visual effects companies and post-production facilities with spacious edit suites as well as the ability to set up edit suites on location. The latest Avid online and offline technology is available with HD closed captioning, plus web streaming capabilities, and certified Dolby 5.1 mixing theatre.

Manitoba can double for:

  • World-class cities, including Chicago – for films including: Amreeka (18 shooting days), Make It Happen (28/30 shooting days) and Shall We Dance? (50/55 shooting days); New York – for Capote (33/35 shooting days) and The Hessan Affair (25 shooting days); Detroit – for The Horsemen; San Francisco – for You Kill Me (20/21 shooting days); Vancouver – for Walk All Over Me(24/25 shooting days); and regions as diverse as Conneticut (The Haunting in Conneticut); Missouri (The Assassination of Jesse James); Washington (The Capture of the Green River Killer) and Minnesota (New in Town).
  • Period, turn of the century cities, including Kansas City and Boston – see The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
  • Period looks for the 1930’s-1940’s – for films such as The Hessen Affair and For the Moment.
  • Coastline, beaches and cottage country – see Falcon Beach (TV series–26 episodes), My Life as a Dog (TV series–26 episodes), Who Loves the Sun (feature film–12/22 shooting days), The Atwood Stories (anthology– 27 shooting days).
  • Arctic terrain – see Rough (mini series–2 weeks unit shooting in Churchill, MB); Whiteout (unit shooting on Lake Manitoba), Snow Walker (feature film–2 weeks unit shooting in Churchill, MB), K-19: The Widowmaker (unit shooting on Lake Winnipeg).
  • Mid-west towns – used for The Lookout (Hartney, MB), The Stone Angel (Hartney, Balmoral, Emerson, Otterburne, MB), The Good Life (Argyle, MB), Capote (Selkirk, MB).

Contact us to discuss whether Manitoba can work for your project.

HDP – who are we?

High Definition Pictures Inc. (HDP) is an Aboriginal owned and operated Manitoba-based company established in December 2001 to create unique, dynamic, thought-provoking film and television entertainment product for the domestic and international marketplace.

HDP as a motion picture development company produces independent feature films and other entertainment products such as television documentaries, dramatic programming including (MOW’s) movies of the week and drama series, and feature films.

HDP has recognized the cultural, social, and business potential of the industry having successfully produced and developed a number of film and television projects. The company will continue to produce programs that tell specific Aboriginal stories, recognizing the vital cultural role the voice of indigenous films play in worldwide societies who embrace their uniqueness, but they will not be the sole focus of the company: providing thought-provoking entertainment for a worldwide audience is the mantra. That is why our slate represents a great cross-section of commercially viable product.

HDP most recently completed The Psychopath Next Door a 60 minute Documentary for CBC DocZone. The Psychopath Next Door examined the “successful” psychopath, the charming, manipulative and ruthless snakes in suits who don’t rob the bank, but instead become a director of it. The Psychopath Next Door was the highest rated DocZone since 2011.

In 2012 HDP completed Path of Souls a 90 minute Feature Film starring Adam Beach, Corey Sevier and Laura Harris. Written and Directed by Jeremy Torrie, Path of Souls follows a woman as she tracks her dead husband into the afterlife and travels the treacherous Path of Souls into the Underworld of the Dead. Distributed by Hollydan Works and broadcast on Superchannel and APTN, Path of Souls was an official selection in over 20 film festivals including the Calgary International Film Festival, Gimli Film Festival, and Dreamspeakers Film Festival. Path of Souls was a Perspective Canada selection at Cannes and Berlinale; Winner Best Picture at the Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival, Winner Best Director at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival and American Indian Film Festival.