There is a high budget shoot happening on Dundas at Ossington today. The production team is trying to keep the name of the feature a mystery, but word is out that it’s Guillermo del Toro’s latest feature, The Shape of Water, which fits everything we learned today.
The Movie is set in the 1960s
This is one piece of information that was willingly given out by one of the many workers on the production. The period costume and the vintage cars serve as further evidence.
According to online info on The Shape of Water, it’s set in Cold War Era, circa 1965.
It has a pretty good sized budget
The street is blocked off for parking from Dundas and Grove on the west, south along Ossington to Rolyat, and on Dundas east of Ossington. This is so they can park all the vintage cars,, of which I counted at least 7.
Did I mention the multitudes of cast and crew? Three of the four corners at Dundas and Ossington had line-ups of extras dressed in period costume. There are also tens of crew members around, preventing anyone from finding out what is being filmed.
In addition, there are a couple of green screens out there, including one covering the West Neighborhood House at the northwest corner of Dundas and Ossington.
Filming in the Lakeview
In addition to the assumed exterior shots (assumed because of all the extras on the street and the vintage cars, which aren’t going indoors), word is The Lakeview is being used for interior shooting. The Lakeview is often a location for film shoots, and definitely fits the period.
We also know for sure that this movie is filming in Toronto now. If you see Octavia Spencer, Sally Hawkins or Michael Shannon around, or Guillermo del Toro!, you’ll know for sure this is the movie.