There are numerous examples of this Canadian city stunt doubling, typically pieced collectively through tight pictures and pc graphics. Toronto performs Tokyo in “Pacific Rim,” Chicago within the film “Chicago,” Baltimore in “Hairspray” and Boston in a lot of “Good Will Hunting.”
Vancouver performs New York within the Jackie Chan film “Rumble in the Bronx” (resulting in an notorious oversight, through which town has mountains lurking behind it), and it performs Seattle, Budapest and Mumbai in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” Montreal has performed Paris in “Catch Me if You Can”; Washington, D.C., in “White House Down”; and Brooklyn within the film “Brooklyn.”
Particularly standard filming places embody the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, a beloved Art Deco complicated in Toronto that has performed sinister places in motion pictures like “Undercover Brother” (portraying The Man’s headquarters) and “In the Mouth of Madness” (a psychological hospital). The University of Toronto has performed Harvard, M.I.T. and Princeton, amongst many different colleges.
The causes for Canada’s prime standing as a movie “impostor” are many, Mr. Theodore mentioned: tax breaks, decrease prices, numerous landscapes, high-quality capturing and modifying amenities, friendliness and a normal unfamiliarity with Canada amongst worldwide film audiences, permitting it to simply stand in with out being acknowledged.
Another issue, in keeping with the exhibition’s designer, Thomas Balaban, an architect and professor on the School of Architecture on the University of Montreal, is that Canada’s cities are extra generic than these in lots of nations, notably these within the United States, which Canada performs most frequently.
“Everything goes through a design review board,” mentioned Mr. Balaban, whose structure agency, TBA, is spearheading the exhibition’s design as nicely. “There’s this feeling that the cities are designed by committee.”