first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook A production crew works a scene for the TV series Bates Motel, which was filmed in B.C., including this setting in Aldergrove. (STUART ISETT/NYT) Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img When veteran TV writer and producer Carlton Cuse decided to set his TV series Bates Motel in Oregon, he never thought of actually shooting the show there.“There’s no support services there. Or tax incentives,” the prolific Mr. Cuse said of the Pacific Northwest state in an interview ahead of a forum at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Instead, it was a no-brainer, he said, to execute his TV spin on Psycho‘s Norman Bates in Vancouver, producing five seasons of Bates Motel before closing it down earlier this year.“It’s a great town. It’s beautiful. There’s great food,” he said. “It checks a lot of the boxes that you want to have for a location-based shoot.” And he’s not finished with the city, in part because of the province’s program of tax incentives and its highly specialized crews.Still, he has some advice for the new B.C. government, which carefully courted the film industry before the election but whose Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture has yet to indicate how the government will manage incentives for the production sector.“I think that it is just really important that [the new government] understand that the tax incentive program as structured really matters tremendously and [that] studios pay great attention to the tax incentives, right down to the smallest detail. It becomes a huge determining factor in where shows shoot,” said Mr. Cuse, whose credits also include the long-running series Lost.READ MORE Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more