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Film Shoots

Commercial or Educational Projects

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If you're a commercial or documentary outfit interested in a location shoot—whether film or photo—the Canadian Museum of Nature can accommodate you.

We have two locations:

Photos of these locations are available upon request.

Generally, commercial/educational filming and photography at the museum are permitted only when the museum is closed, and if there are no conflicting events or activities. Hours.

Published images and footage must be accompanied by approved credit lines.

Rates

A 50% deposit is required. It is not refundable if the shoot is cancelled less than 48 hours before.

Commercial

This includes feature films, television documentaries, commercial TV, commercial stills shoots and other productions intended for a non-educational market.

  • $1500 per four-hour day
  • $3000 per eight-hour day
  • Applicable taxes: Ontario—13% HST; Quebec—5% GST plus 9.5% QST (calculated cumulatively)

Educational Non-Broadcast

This includes documentary productions and educational materials intended for an institutional market.

  • $750 per four-hour day
  • $1500 per eight-hour day
  • Applicable taxes: Ontario—13% HST; Quebec—5% GST plus 9.5% QST (calculated cumulatively)

Services Included in Base Rates

  • Security: one to two personnel, depending on the shoot
  • Technical Coordinator:
    • escorting of the crew
    • A/V, light and ventilation adjustments
    • specimen handling
    • coordination of additional furniture and props
    • troubleshooting.

Additional Security and Technical Coordination

  • Four-hour minimum
  • Security: $25 per hour
  • Technical Coordinator: $40 per hour
  • Applicable taxes: Ontario—13% HST; Quebec—5% GST plus 9.5% QST (calculated cumulatively)

Film and Photo Shoot Questionnaire

You must complete this questionnaire if you are applying for a location shoot.

Questionnaire (505 Kb PDF)

Contact Us

Nathalie Boulet
Tel.: 613.566.4713
Fax: 613.566.4798
nboulet@mus-nature.ca

Museum Experts

Museum scientists and other staff are available for interviews and/or content expertise. This service may be subject to an additional fee.

On-Site Guidelines

Production equipment must be set up in areas approved by the museum's technical coordinator.

All cables must be taped down.

Lights must be placed a safe distance from objects. Lights must remain off when shooting is not taking place.

Note that power is limited in certain locations.

No objects may be moved without prior knowledge and authorization of the technical coordinator.

Production staff must remain in the shooting areas or other spaces assigned to the production.

Food and drink are not allowed outside of assigned eating areas.

Close-ups of museum visitors and staff are prohibited without their prior knowledge and consent.

At the Museum

Productions requiring catering must select from our list of museum-approved caterers. No other food providers are allowed on site.

Parking

  • vehicles less than six metres (20 ft.) in length may park in the paid museum lot
  • large vehicles may be asked to pay for two spaces
  • we may be able to accommodate vehicles longer than six metres (20 ft.) on site; to be discussed upon approval of your shoot
  • production staff must pay for parking in the paid museum lot, the same as visitors
  • we cannot guarantee parking availability
  • parking rates and directions.

Loading and Unloading

Equipment can be unloaded in the museum's loading dock, which is accessible from Argyle Avenue at the rear of the building.

Parking in the loading dock is not permitted.

At Our Research and Collections Facility

Productions requiring catering are not restricted to our list of approved caterers; you are free to use the catering service of your choice.

Parking

There is no charge for parking at our research and collections facility.

Directions

Address and Google map.

Loading and Unloading

Equipment can be unloaded in the loading dock, which is on the west side of the building.

Parking in the loading dock is not permitted.

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