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Bringing ideas
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Vancouver Island Production Studio

NET-ZERO, ZERO WASTE PRODUCTION STUDIO is dedicated to ensuring the success of your project by leveraging our carefully curated ecosystem to fulfill all your production requirements.

Sustainability

We are moving away from the conventional model of linear production and consumption. We aim to eliminate waste through reuse, repair, and recycling of materials. The study conducted by UBC in 2019 found that switching to circular food practices would generate a combined value of $195 million in new markets and cost savings. Food production and waste are not the only opportunities. There are opportunities in repair, reuse and resale of textiles, plastics and reuse and resale of construction material.

Location

Our goal is to make filming on Vancouver Island easier by facilitating many of the logistics. We have a variety of ways that will not only give you access to BC's incredible tax incentives but save you money from pre-production all the way through to post.

Crew

We will be formalizing the member-led initiatives to pass on their craft to their less experienced colleagues. We will be partnering with unions and guilds to host more workshops to cultivate the practice of apprentice-style on-the-job training. We will provide competency, apprenticeship-style training and mentoring to ensure that crew have help navigating their careers. We will be complementing current networking opportunities with targeted career marketing, ensuring there are visible pathways into the film industry and clearly mapping and defining job profiles that include how easy they are to enter.

Education

Pathways into the film industry are diverse. 90% of the crew are supplied by the six unions and guilds. There are a series of steps, including accrual days on set, training and letters of reference from departments after the crew member has completed a specific number of hours. We want to help people entering the film industry to understand the pathways into the industry and help them navigate a long career. There are many emerging sectors in film production. The circular economy designs waste out of the life cycle of products and services. Through our Green Manager/Eco PA courses we want to introduce people to the new opportunities: Food production and waste, the repair, reuse and resale of textiles, plastics and the reuse and resell of construction material.

Who is Alpha Select Production Studios?
A TRAILBLAZER

A net-zero, zero waste production studio is not just a visionary concept - it's a mission.

Meet Beverley Dondale, a production industry veteran, founder, and CEO of Alpha Select Production Services. With 20+ years in the movie production industry, she is on a mission to take action to create a circular economy, reducing waste & carbon footprint in film. A zero waste production studio house demonstrates a commitment to responsible filmmaking and serves as a beacon of environmental consciousness in an industry known for its resource-intensive projects.

What we offer

Alpha Select is the
future of production.

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Crew

Our key goal is to build a strong and diverse crew from which you can easily choose. We understand the importance of personalities and cultures and will work with you to connect the right people to our partner app and to the right project.

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Vendors

Alpha Select has a passion to create a circular economy that rethinks how we look at film production. Our method of sourcing and tracking equipment for our zero waste program, organizing material recovery and coordinating material donations will save every department time and money.

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Production

We want to make filming on Vancouver Island easier by facilitating many of the logistics. Every production is different. Providing productions with a variety of ways will not only give access to BC’s incredible tax incentives but will work on ways to save you money from pre-production all the way to post.

Vancouver Island Production House

Trusted partner of the Malahat Nation and other partners...

We are all committed to reducing our environmental impact. Through collaboration, we will continue to look for more effective and efficient ways to improve our performance as a key part of our business strategy and operating methods, with planned regular reviews of our process. 

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Why Choose us

We are different.

Carbon Neutral Production

It is our mission to reduce the solid waste stream in the film industry by salvaging set material and distributing them for reuse. The benefits to the island include less pollution, more materials for budget-minded families, theatres, and independent film, saving of embodied energy and having less dependency on landfills.

Maintaining Zero Waste

We are there every step of the way helping productions plan for no waste. Our skilled Green Manager/Eco PAs can help save you time and money by organizing materials for you. Hiring a Green Manager as a designated crew member will help keep an eye on consumption and coordinate donations of unused food to shelters. With a Green Manager, the production can save 5% of its total waste hauling budget by composting and recycling.

Sustainable Production

What we do: Setting up and maintaining zero waste system for cast and crew. Set-up water stations. Coordinate food recovery and material donations on set and for all departments. Our Green Managers can help with strategy, material and reporting. We can customize your sustainability program and help you save time and money.

Crew Training

We offer access to a diverse competency trained crew who understand our First Nation partners and understand our mission and vision of net-zero and zero waste. We've also prepared for the unexpected, PRODUCTIONS can check BTL crew availability and experience, contact and hire before they arrive.

IN THE NEWS

Future film studio on Malahat land...

All media inquiries: bdondale@alphaselect.ca

Future Film Studio

CHEK NEWS: Future film studio on Malahat land takes another step forward

Plans for new film studio 85 acres

TIMES COLONIST: Production company announce plans for film studios

One of British Columbia’s largest film and television production studio

DAILY HIVE: Major Indigenous-owned film production studio planned for Vancouver Island

Malahat Nation and Alpha Select Production Services Unveil Plans for Film Studios

CVRD: aAhub for film production, generating economic opportunities for the Malahat Nation and the broader Cowichan community

Stage set for $242M film studio complex on Malahat Nation

CONSTRUCT CONNECT: Journal of Commerce - $242-million venture will be built in three phases...

Frequently Asked Questions.

What can we help you with today?

The project's goal is to create at least 1000 sustainable, well-paying, film industry jobs, not including new sectors that will emerge under the sustainability umbrella. Transitioning to a circular economy involves eliminating waste from the life cycle of products and services. 

These new opportunities span various sectors, such as food production and donation; waste management; repair, reuse and resale of textiles;  plastic containers and packaging recycling and construction material reuse and donation.

Additionally, there are promising prospects in virtual and augmented reality, with forecasts anticipating a $1.5 trillion GDP output from this sector by 2030.

A feasibility study found that, over the next 10-years, if we did the 5% bare requirements, we would need to train more crew in 5 major groups;

Design  crew – 3,362 

Operations   crew– 1,962

Services crew – 2,265

Talent – 488

Technician crew – 1,725

We need:

  • more experienced crew to pass on their knowledge to those with less experience.
  • to provide competency, apprenticeship style training, and mentoring to ensure that crew have help.
  • to work with the unions and guilds to ensure that we are not replicating training.

YES! It is absolutely our goal to attract Hollywood features and series to our world-class film studios. We also have a mission to create a hub for our indigenous and domestic filmmakers to feel they have a place.

 

Beverley Dondale, Founder and CEO, had a vision. She has invested significant time and effort into this project, which has evolved through multiple iterations to its present state. Beginning in 2010, the initial efforts fell short of achieving the envisioned sustainability goals. In 2015, prioritizing indigenous involvement, Beverley decided to pursue collaboration. Approaching the Malahat Nation, which owned the necessary land, they quickly embraced the vision and the opportunity for partnership. Despite facing occasional setbacks along the way, steady progress is now being made towards achieving the project's objectives.

Yes. We are not creating a new industry. Vancouver Island is already a sought-after location-based film destination. What we need to do is keep this industry on the island.  

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