Queen Elizabeth tours Toronto film studio

Mon Jul 5, 2010 9:31pm EDT
 
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Queen Elizabeth slapped on 3D goggles Monday as she toured a Toronto film studio that hosted such productions as the ABC series "Happy Town," the upcoming Daniel Craig feature "Dream House" and the comic book franchise picture "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."

The British monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh donned the bulky glasses for a live action 3D shoot using stereoscopic camera rigs, followed by a viewing of the scene in 3D.

The royal tour of the Screen Industries Research and Training Center at Pinewood Toronto Studios gave the Ontario provincial government an opportunity to showcase local 3D expertise to the international media.

Pinewood Toronto Studios chairman Paul Bronfman said the royal visit aimed to lift the Toronto studio's profile as it looks to land a big-budget movie on its lot. "When we have a hit, the floodgates will open," Bronfman predicted.

He recalled it took four years for one of his earlier studio ventures, the North Shore Studios complex in Vancouver, to land a little sci-fi TV series, "The X-Files." That TV series became a popular hit show and guaranteed the future success of the North Shore Studios business.

Canadian director David Cronenberg has pledged to make a movie on Pinewood Toronto's "mega-studio" soundstage, and local movie producer Don Carmody ("Chicago") is also considering a major shoot.

 
<p>Britain's Queen Elizabeth wears 3D glasses to watch a demonstration of 3D-film production at Pinewood Toronto Studios in Toronto July 5, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Cassese</p>