Based on the first entry in the popular book series of the same name by Joe Ballarini, ‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ tells the story of a young girl who sets out on an incredible but dangerous adventure after the child she was babysitting gets taken by monsters. Ballarini himself wrote the screenplay. Veteran small-screen director Rachel Talalay (‘Doctor Who’) helmed the project. It stars Tom Felton as The Grand Guignol, Indya Moore as Peggy Drood, Oona Laurence as Liz Lerue, and Tamara Smart as Kelly Ferguson. If you are wondering where this fantasy-horror-adventure film was shot, this is the article for you.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Filming Locations
Ballarini has been active in the entertainment industry since 2000. He has written and directed a number of short projects, including the films belonging to the ‘Rule # 1’ trilogy, which were released between 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he made his debut as a film director with the romantic comedy ‘Father vs. Son’. He sold the filming rights to ‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ and its sequels, ‘Beasts & Geeks’ and ‘Mission to Monster Island’, to Walden Media and The Montecito Picture Company in May 2015. The production for ‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ began in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 6, 2019. According to Talalay, actual filming started on August 30 and concluded on November 17.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Principal photography for the film mainly took place in various parts of Vancouver, a city that has its own massive and thriving entertainment industry. Known as Hollywood North, Vancouver is one of the most attractive destinations for filmmakers right now. It offers scenic ultra-urban architecture, a mild climate, and numerous diverse topographies. Its location on the Pacific coast has made the city’s weather temperate all year round. A production team can easily access suburban and rural communities located not far from the city proper. The Coastal or Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia is a fantastic location for filming projects belonging to fantasy, historical, or even adventure genres.
Vancouver has a well-trained, entertainment-focused workforce, which means that the productions don’t have to spend unnecessary time looking for extras and crew hands. The city’s infrastructure so closely resembles that of some of the US cities that filmmakers prefer to shoot in the Canadian city than on location. Furthermore, the lower value of the Canadian dollar as opposed to the US currency makes shooting in Canada in general cost-effective. Local and national politics also play their parts. Both the Canadian government and the city’s administration have ensured that the process of acquiring filming permits is as uncomplicated as possible. There are also attractive tax credits that incentivize filming in the city. Over the years, it has served as the shooting location for numerous well-known projects, including ‘Lucifer’, ‘Supernatural’, and both ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’.
— Rachel Talalay (@rtalalay) August 30, 2019
Filming completed! pic.twitter.com/7gv5DWcBph
— Rachel Talalay (@rtalalay) November 17, 2019
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