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ACE media and film


Locations department FAQ

  • What is the square footage of the stages/spaces for rent and what is the ceiling height of the studio?

    ACE is a multi-purpose centre with an area of approximately 16,300 square metres (175,451 square feet), which is available to film in. The ceiling is seven metres (24 feet) high in the Climatic Wind Tunnel (CWT); five metres (18 feet) in both the Large Climate Chamber (LCC), and Small Climate Chamber (SCC); and 4.8 metres (16 feet) high in the Anechoic Chamber (MAST).

  • Do you offer extended hours for film productions?
    Yes, we work with productions during the prep, dressing, rigging, and filming around the clock, until the production team is satisfied with their last take.
  • Is there a permanent power supply suitable for film/TV shoots?

    Yes, and licensed electricians are able to tie in if required. Drop-down power: single phase 120v, single phase 240v, three phase 575v. Generators are also able to be run nearby, and do not intrude with regular university operations. 

  • Do you have control of the HVAC systems?
    Yes, we have full operation control of all electrical and mechanical systems. We will ensure that you will be able to hear a pin drop on camera if required.
  • Is there controlled lighting in use?

    Yes, all lighting is able to be controlled, or masked off. Additionally, we have a solar simulation system up to 1200W/m2 intensity with sunrise-sunset simulation capabilities.

  • Is there parking available on the premises?

    ACE has parking to handle a base camp of multiple semi-trailers along with shuttles, caterers and craft vehicles. The back lot at ACE can accommodate up to seven five-ton trucks, and has a controlled entry security gate. Short-term parking for crew is available at an hourly rate at the university's north Oshawa campus location in pay-and-display lots.

  • Where can I find the ACE floorplan?

    For a more detailed PDF layout of the first floor, chambers, or other floors, please contact us directly.

More about the ACE film location:

ACE, located at Ontario Tech University, is a high-tech research and testing facility that serves location managers who want to produce multiple shoots of diverse environments in a single day. Producers can save time and money by shooting in our high-tech buildings, labs and offices as well as on our university campus locations on the same day. A farm and a large pond on campus provide even more opportunities to maximize your production's efficiency.

ACE includes one of the largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels in the world. The wind tunnel can generate winds up to 280 km/hour, produce temperatures from -40° to 60° Celsius, and humidity between five per cent and 95 per cent. It can also create snow and rain conditions ranging from light snow or rain to a blizzard or hurricane. The wind tunnel also features solar simulation: the ability to recreate any daylight condition from morning to night. Not only does this chamber have a high-tech look, but it also has the potential to be the ultimate climatic greenroom.

ACE has four other high-tech testing chambers, three large garage bays, lifts, large industrial doors, control rooms and many industrial rooms filled with circuit boards, piping and large machinery used to operate the facility. All of these provide even more filming options. Maximize your return by utilizing all the different locations ACE has to offer, and enjoy truly endless filming possibilities—all in one place.

To request a location tour, technical survey, or for more information, contact Andrew Karski at 905.809.7417.