The Kamloops area was Hollywood (further) north in 2021
Between 2000 and 2020, approximately five Canadian or American productions chose to shoot in downtown Kamloops and in homes across the city. In 2021, there have already been five productions that have shot all of their feature films in the city.
Filming in Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola area intensified in 2021.
In a report to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Council, TNRD Film Commissioner Victoria Weller noted that between 2000 and 2020, about five Canadian or American productions chose to shoot in downtown Kamloops and in houses in the city, and only for a few days.
These productions included An Unfinished Life, Power Rangers, The A-Team and Van Helsing, season five.
“This year, five productions shot their entire feature films in the city of Kamloops and one feature film was shot across the region,” the report said, noting that a feature film production was canceled due to forest fires.
By the end of this year, we will have at least seven BC productions that have filmed all of their projects in the region. CBC’s limited series Bones of Crows is on lockdown for filming later in September. Their length of stay in the region has not yet been determined.
The pandemic remains a problem
The report noted that filming the film industry during the COVID-19 pandemic is costly.
“For US productions, additional team members are hired to level the ebb and flow of team levels required by the action and plot of the storyline,” the report states,
“In addition, it takes longer to film scenes and, therefore, more days to complete a project. This means that wages and rental costs are inflating. Episodic TV shows are mostly filmed in studios in the Lower Mainland and do not wish to travel to the regions to save money. The only exception was The Good Doctor, which shot in Merritt for a few days.
Productions incur additional costs for regular COVID-19 testing and hiring COVID-19 protocol monitors. For domestic productions, the report says, COVID-19 means fewer crew members to complete the same tasks due to tighter budgets.
“For the most part, British Columbia productions and low budget service productions travel to regions to film and wish to hire a local crew to qualify for the Distant Regional Tax Credit,” the report says. . “They are ready to form local teams. Above all, they want to avoid the high costs of locating and supporting services in the Lower Mainland. As a result, there is a movement towards filming in smaller towns outside of the Lower Mainland. “
A new brand image and a relaunch
The TNRD communications team worked with the film commission staff to rename and launch the new Thompson-Nicola Film and Live Music! Thompson-Nicola Websites.
The Thompson-Nicola movie card online has been discontinued due to lack of financial and human resources. In the summer of 2021, the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission launched the Thompson-Nicola Motion Picture Study business case study and the report is expected in November.
The Northern Development Initiatives Trust has awarded a grant of $ 50,000 to film and re-photograph key TNRD sites and the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
In the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission section of the British Columbia Reel Scout Locations Library, there are 3,903 location records. From January 1 to September 15 of this year, 575 new locations were found, processed and uploaded to the library. Most of the locations are homes, apartments, gated communities, and businesses such as cafes, restaurants, bookstores, bakeries, and gift shops.
There are approximately 30 additional locations to be added and a total of 1,367 location records have been modified this year.
From an education perspective, the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission has helped secure free online production assistant courses and craft services for eligible TNRD students.
The online courses were delivered by North Island College and the Film Industry Orientation Course was delivered by Weller. Students from across TNRD participated, including Kamloops, Logan Lake and Merritt.