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Captivating Video Highlights Many Film Faces of Versatile Vancouver

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | September 15, 2015

Captivating Video Highlights Many Film Faces of Versatile Vancouver

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The hardest working actor in Hollywood seems to be Vancouver.

Narrator Tony Zhou presents (h/t Digg) a brilliant video that illustrates how just one city can stand in for myriad cosmopolitan spots from around the world.

Normally a vibrant city bursting with its own life, various peculiarities and infrastructure nuances around town allow the Canadian locale to serve as something of a blockbuster blank slate.

Now this doesn’t mean this is embraced by filmmakers in the area, because Zhou, who posted the video to YouTube’s Every Frame a Painting, hopes that Vancouver will one day infuse cinema with its own brand of pizzazz and sparkle, rather than lending a backdrop for other cities.

A quick note: The following video does feature some NSFW language at the top:

As you might assume after watching this video, the list of movies that feature Vancouver is extensive.

Many are highlighted above, like the hilarious cameo the city had in “Rumble in the Bronx.”

However, you can pore over the Wikipedia page that archives the movie productions that at one point called Vancouver, British Columbia, home.

The list will do more than remind you that “Double Jeopardy” is a movie you just now remember watching in the theater and… Hey, what is Ashley Judd up to now?

This is sock-in-the-jaw revelation that Vancouver is pretty much the movie Mecca when it comes to action-packed scenes and b-roll filler.

Zhou puts it all rather beautifully: “Onscreen, it is ubiquitous and it is invisible. But offscreen, there are other angles just waiting to be filmed.”

So we join with Zhou in hoping that local filmmakers take a moment to appreciate all the wonder this city has given to pop culture and embrace the opportunity to show us, the ignorant audience, what we are missing.

Because it’s time for Vancouver to step out of the shadows as supporting cast and into the role of bona fide superstar.

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