TORONTO — The SIM Group (www.simgroup.com), a Canadian supplier of technology to the film and television industry, is opening a new location in Northern Ontario. Located at the Muskoka North Film Studios in Parry Sound, Ontario, the new office will feature products and services from each of the SIM Group’s operating units: SIM Digital, a supplier of cameras and other production gear; PS Production Services, a supplier of lighting, grip, generator and specialty products; and Bling Digital, a specialist in post production technology and services. The office will serve studios working on film and television productions in Northern Ontario and throughout the region.
The Muskoka North Film Studios features an 8,000-square-foot studio. The SIM Group will provide a variety of services to the facility, including support for its grid and greenscreen set up.
“We are thrilled to have SIM Group at Muskoka North Film Studios,” says Muskoka North Film Studios president Wendy Morrow. “Having the grid and greenscreen set up will encourage more productions to maximize production value by filming in our ideal soundstage. Having easy access to a package truck and generators, along with locally trained technicians, will ease productions' requirements for film supplies in Parry Sound and across Northern Ontario.”
Parry Sound and other northern production centers have recently experienced a spike in production activity due to enticing grants from The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, which supports the local film and television industry. SIM Group’s SIM Digital and PS Production Services units have been working with local production crews in Northern Ontario for more than five years.