Pacific Backlot

WELCOME TO PACIFIC BACKLOT

PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR LARGE AND SMALL CREWS

When we think back on our story, we realize that talking to our customers was where it all started. Pacific Backlot Services was established in 1999 as a production services company to support the great people who frequented Vancouver Film Studios, and through the years it has grown considerably. Today, Pacific Backlot Services continues to operate from our fully-secured warehouse located on the Vancouver Film Studios lot, but the Pacific Backlot Services customer base now extends to productions shooting throughout Western Canada. We offer an extensive list of top-notch production services and equipment rentals to everyone from feature films and photographers to gaming and students at local BC colleges. Large or small our crew takes great pride in providing the best service and equipment possible. Accessibility and approachability have remained our goals from day one, hoping to share our passion for providing the best in behind-the-scenes essentials that support the industry with every customer we come across. Pacific Backlot Services is an excellent one-stop shop for location equipment rentals in the Lower Mainland and on the Sea to Sky Corridor. We are proud to be owned and managed by The McLean Group of companies.

SERVICES

CREDITS

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Pacific Backlot are always very polite, patient and accommodating no matter the size of your shoot. Great staff and gear at very reasonable rates. Vancouver independant filmmakers are very fortunate to have such a great partner! Highly recommend for all things grip and electric.

Craig Range Indie Film Maker/UBC Alumni

Pacific Backlot has always been my go to place to get gear for all of my shoots, whether big or small they are the best. Friendly staff and great deals, really go a long way for an independent filmmaker.

Andy Alvarez Indie Film Maker/UBC Alumni

Pacific Backlot Services has provided me with an excellent level of Support and Customer Service for various Long Term projects for over a Decade. They have been able to meet and exceed the rigorous demands of Network Television Production and its various requirements.  The quality of equipment, their positive attitudes, flexibility and excellent Staff ensure that Pacific Backlot Services is an asset to any Production in the Lower Mainland.

Oliver Hajdu Rigging Gaffer "Arrow"

I have been going to Backlot since I first started in the industry four years ago.  No matter what size project, big or small.  Whether it be a large scale feature film or a small music video, Backlot and their staff are always able to make it work for your budget.  Their equipment is well maintained and industry approved and their staff and client service is the best in town.  I will always visit Pacific Backlot for my grip and electric needs.

Mike Johnston Indie Film Maker/UBC Alumni

Arrow has worked with PBS for the last 5 years.  In this time, PBS has provided for all of our grip and electric equipment needs without hesitation.  They are managed and staffed by an outstanding group of individuals who emphasize customer service and it shows in every way.  We look forward to working with them for many more seasons to come.

Michael Potkins Production Manager “Arrow”

When I am booking grip and lighting my first choice is Pacific Backlot. They have always been happy to help me get a great and affordable package together.  Pacific Backlot is  an awesome resource for independent film in Vancouver.

Kaayla Whachell Indie Film Maker/UBC Alumni

THE CREW

Gerry Rutherford
VP, Production Services

The OG – Gerry had your back before you even knew you had one.

Derek Hall
General Manager

Come by and stroke his beard, ogle over his tattoo collection or be wooed by his infectious laugh.

Pete Mitchell
President & COO

The guy we have to answer to across the street. He has a cool boat, so we respect him.

Natasha Dickson
Vice President, Operations

This top dog keeps us in line and handles problems before you even knew there was one.

Jennifer Roe Emery
VP, Marketing & Sales

After 10 years working on productions, Jennifer moved to the Dark Side to show us how it's done.

Tracy Rogers
VP, Human Resources

The reason our team is so awesome - because we were handpicked by this one-of-a-kind gem.

Sean Jackson
Rentals Manager

Contact Sean if you want to talk about how awesome tacos are, or if you need to rent some stuff.

Chris Veslemes
Rentals Coordinator

Chris is an industry veteran who is a great recent addition to our team.

Tim Wearing
Rentals Coordinator

The Brain from Pinky and the Brain – this guy is the mastermind behind your order, making sure it goes as smooth as peanut butter.

Drew Hannaway
Service Coordinator

Make this man your BFF because he can meet all your production office needs!

Tristen Lew
Office Coordinator

The coolest girl you'll ever meet that has to take all your money.

Brian Erickson
Lifts Department Coordinator

In between slurping Ramen noodles, Brian will get you sorted so you can access those out of reach places.

Darryl McCann
Dolly Technician

Darryl will keep you occupied with hockey smack talk, keeping true to his Canadian roots.

Scott Jackson
Maintenance Supervisor

Need to make a screen with only toothpicks? Whatever the task, Scott can make it happen.

Jon Gravelle
Floor Supervisor

Ever wonder why our warehouse runs so smooth? It's all because of this guy!

THE CREW

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Gerry Rutherford
VP, Production Services

The OG – Gerry had your back before you even knew you had one.

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Derek Hall
General Manager

Come by and stroke his beard, ogle over his tattoo collection or be wooed by his infectious laugh.

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Sean Jackson
Rentals Manager

Contact Sean if you want to talk about awesome tacos are, or if you need to rent some stuff.

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Chris Veslemes
Rentals Coordinator

Chris is an industry veteran who is a great recent addition to our team.

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Tim Wearing
Rentals Coordinator

The Brain from Pinky and the Brain – this guy is the mastermind behind your order, making sure it goes as smooth as peanut butter.

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Brian Erickson
Lifts Department Coordinator

In between slurping Ramen noodles, Brian will get you sorted so you can access those out of reach places.

FAQ

Do you have hands? Actually, let’s rephrase that- who needs hands, we have plenty of those- do you have money? (It’s the film industry, of course you do! Right?)

First time customers will be asked to fill out our standard terms and conditions, credit card authorization and production info forms.

All orders with a replacement cost of over $5,000.00 will need to have insurance. If the replacement cost is less than the 5K limit, we will accept a pre-authorization from your credit card. First time or one off customers will also need to pay for the rental before the equipment leaves the warehouse.

The quickest and easiest way to get insurance is with Front Row Insurance or Gear Policy. Your insurance should be no less than the replacement cost of the gear we quoted you and have $5 million liability. It is always recommended to add another 10 to 20% above replacement cost as orders tend to change before final load out and those changes may bring the replacement cost up. Your insurance should be made out to Pacific Backlot Services Ltd. 3500 Cornett Road, Vancouver B.C, V5M 2H5 and the insured should be a legal name or entity. Coverage for gear should be under misc. rented equipment and if you are renting a vehicle it should also include vehicle aggregate coverage at $150k per vehicle.

Yes! PBS rents a variety of vehicles- just check out our Trucks page for more information on what we have to offer. Your requirements would include a valid driver’s license and a signed vehicle rental agreement. PBS also offers secure 24/7 accessible parking for all our rented vehicles. We only rent trucks to customers renting out our gear; we do not rent trucks on their own. If you do decide to rent one of our vehicles, you must have insurance covering damage to or loss of each vehicle in the amount of at least $150k, payable to Pacific Backlot.

The best way to get a quote is to email your list of gear requirements to rentals@pacificbacklot.com. Don’t forget to include the name of your production company (if applicable), show name, pick-up date, shoot dates and drop off date. You can also give us a shout at 604.453.5070.

Nope, on the weekends here at PBS we are hiking, Netflix-ing, or cracking open a cold one with the boys! We are only open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. If you’re doing a weekend shoot, gear can be picked up on the Friday and returned on Monday. Remember, any day you are picking up gear, we recommend you give yourself enough time to look over and load up- if you are not finished your load out by 5pm, you are subject to extra fees.

*PBS is also closed on all Canadian statutory holidays.

No, our boss knows we would spend all out time playing with them instead of working, therefore our inventory consists of lighting, grip, locations, and lift equipment.

At the moment, we are only able to offer lift certification training to productions currently renting our lifts.

Let go of one of our babies!? We couldn’t! However, we wish you the best if you're looking to start a family of your own.

What type of payments do we not accept? In all seriousness though, we accept debit, cash or credit. No e-transfers!

#socialmedia #FTW If we have supported your show in any way, shape, or form, please don’t hesitate to send any photos we can share along with your production info to our Image and Content Coordinator; Sarah Mauracher, at smauracher@pacificbacklot.com. You can even tag @pacificbacklot and #wegotyourback in your stories and posts so we can repost them on our page. Help us share pictures of our gear in action on YOUR production!

 

CONTACT US

3500 Cornett Road
Vancouver, BC V5M 2H5

Phone:
Main: 604-453-5070
LX/grip rentals: 604-453-5070
Lift rentals: 604-453-5017
Emails: info@pacificbacklot.com
rentals@pacificbacklot.com
lifts@pacificbacklot.com
Fax: 604-453-5071

  


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