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UTSC hits the big screen, again

Dr. Tom Ue takes a sneak peek while film crew prepare to shoot a scene for Our House, an independent film that uses UTSC as one of its backdrops.

It’s the afternoon before a long weekend. Many students, staff and even faculty at UTSC have already taken off to get an early start to their Canada Day festivities. But not Dr. Tom Ue. The Frederick Banting Postdoctoral Fellow and editor of World Film Locations Toronto has reasons to stay just a bit longer.

“I am so excited. This is my first time seeing a film being shot here,” says Ue.

Our House, a German-Canadian production starring Thomas Mann of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Nicola Petz of Bates Motel is being shot at UTSC for just one day. The halls and areas around the Science Wing serve as the perfect backdrop for the thriller.

But Ue isn’t interested in the stars.

As we walk around the Science Wing, he cheerfully lists the different types of shots that the camera crews can take, almost as if he was thinking out loud.

“The hallways are wide. They can really do a lot. Especially with the cameras that they have.”

Ue names Resident Evil, Hannibal, Total Recall and other productions filmed on campus as he points out spots like the Meeting Place which the movies featured. Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal is his personal favourite. Ue says that these types of projects are examples of the booming and often underrated film scene in the east end.

“Over the last few years, the film industry here in Scarborough has developed so significantly. I’m really excited to see what the future holds and what other types of projects will be created here.”



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