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Alberta film industry set to rebound

And this could be just the beginning, with Herald sources suggesting two potentially star-studded productions are eyeing the area for early next year. Producers for The Storm, a western rumoured to be the directorial debut of two-time Oscar nominated actress Catherine Keener, have been in Calgary looking at locations. A Thousand Tomorrows, a Christian rodeo story with country superstar Taylor Swift in a possible lead role, is also scouting here, sources confirmed.

Meanwhile, a production office has been set up for a two-week shoot for The Bourne Legacy, a reboot of the Bourne films that will star Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner. Filming will begin in the Kananaskis in early December and is expected to involve some “sizable” construction and set creation for local crews, sources report.

Calgary’s commissioner for film, television and creative industries Luke Azevedo would not comment on any of those high-profile projects until they have been officially greenlit. But he confirmed that it’s been a busy time for film production, both in actual shooting and scouting for future projects.

“It’s unusually busy,” Azevedo says. “The winter season is normally a slow-down time. We’re hoping with the amount of working that looks like is coming and is here will help drive our season a little longer this year and keep people working right through the winter. We have been actively pursuing a variety of feature films, some involving significant names.”

Among the biggest productions of the last year has been Hell on Wheels, the highly-anticipated western series that will debut Nov. 6 on AMC. A contingent of Alberta film workers and actors who participated in the project are currently in Los Angeles to attend a premiere for the show tonight.

Meanwhile, two pilots have been shot this year that could lead to more work if picked up. Gavin Crawford’s Wild West, a mockumentary about Western Canadians starring the comic from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, was shot in September. Borealis 2045, a sci-fi show from the Calgary producers of CBC’s Heartland, began shooting last week.

The series, set to air on Space, Nomadic Pictures, the local production company behind Hell on Wheels, has also been busy. Hannah’s Law, a Western set to air on the Hallmark TV channel in the U.S. in the spring of 2012, wrapped up in early October outside of Calgary. The company will also shoot a TV movie at the end of November.

A low-budget online movie called Love Me recently wrapped up in Calgary. Drawing Home, an indie period film about 20th-Century Banff artists Peter and Catharine Whyte, is set to resume shooting in November after an two-week shoot in early October. The Canadian-U.S. co-production is dividing up its shooting schedule to ensure it captures Banff in different seasons. While the film is being directed by Germany’s Markus Rupprecht, the majority of the crew and much of the cast is local.

“Right now, we’ve got a large number of speaking roles — something like 30 or 40,” says co-producer Brendan Hunter. “We’ve got major speaking roles, principals and leads being cast right out of Calgary, which I think is rare.”

Meanwhile, CBC’s popular Heartland, now in its fifth season, continues to shoot in Calgary and Millarville.

In fact, the biggest concern now is whether Alberta will have the crews to cover all this work.

“There was one week at the end of September when we had four shows going at one time,” says Tom MacRae, production business agent for IATSE 212. “Gavin Crawford’s show was going, and Heartland, and Hannah’s Law and Love Me. We had four going just for that one-week period. It was tight, but we got it done.”

Source: Calgary Herald

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Alberta film industry set to rebound

And this could be just the beginning, with Herald sources suggesting two potentially star-studded productions are eyeing the area for early next year. Producers for The Storm, a western rumoured to be the directorial debut of two-time Oscar nominated actress Catherine Keener, have been in Calgary looking at locations. A Thousand Tomorrows, a Christian rodeo story with country superstar Taylor Swift in a possible lead role, is also scouting here, sources confirmed.

Meanwhile, a production office has been set up for a two-week shoot for The Bourne Legacy, a reboot of the Bourne films that will star Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner. Filming will begin in the Kananaskis in early December and is expected to involve some “sizable” construction and set creation for local crews, sources report.

Calgary’s commissioner for film, television and creative industries Luke Azevedo would not comment on any of those high-profile projects until they have been officially greenlit. But he confirmed that it’s been a busy time for film production, both in actual shooting and scouting for future projects.

“It’s unusually busy,” Azevedo says. “The winter season is normally a slow-down time. We’re hoping with the amount of working that looks like is coming and is here will help drive our season a little longer this year and keep people working right through the winter. We have been actively pursuing a variety of feature films, some involving significant names.”

Among the biggest productions of the last year has been Hell on Wheels, the highly-anticipated western series that will debut Nov. 6 on AMC. A contingent of Alberta film workers and actors who participated in the project are currently in Los Angeles to attend a premiere for the show tonight.

Meanwhile, two pilots have been shot this year that could lead to more work if picked up. Gavin Crawford’s Wild West, a mockumentary about Western Canadians starring the comic from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, was shot in September. Borealis 2045, a sci-fi show from the Calgary producers of CBC’s Heartland, began shooting last week.

The series, set to air on Space, Nomadic Pictures, the local production company behind Hell on Wheels, has also been busy. Hannah’s Law, a Western set to air on the Hallmark TV channel in the U.S. in the spring of 2012, wrapped up in early October outside of Calgary. The company will also shoot a TV movie at the end of November.

A low-budget online movie called Love Me recently wrapped up in Calgary. Drawing Home, an indie period film about 20th-Century Banff artists Peter and Catharine Whyte, is set to resume shooting in November after an two-week shoot in early October. The Canadian-U.S. co-production is dividing up its shooting schedule to ensure it captures Banff in different seasons. While the film is being directed by Germany’s Markus Rupprecht, the majority of the crew and much of the cast is local.

“Right now, we’ve got a large number of speaking roles — something like 30 or 40,” says co-producer Brendan Hunter. “We’ve got major speaking roles, principals and leads being cast right out of Calgary, which I think is rare.”

Meanwhile, CBC’s popular Heartland, now in its fifth season, continues to shoot in Calgary and Millarville.

In fact, the biggest concern now is whether Alberta will have the crews to cover all this work.

“There was one week at the end of September when we had four shows going at one time,” says Tom MacRae, production business agent for IATSE 212. “Gavin Crawford’s show was going, and Heartland, and Hannah’s Law and Love Me. We had four going just for that one-week period. It was tight, but we got it done.”

Source: Calgary Herald

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Front Page, Industry News

Alberta film industry set to rebound

And this could be just the beginning, with Herald sources suggesting two potentially star-studded productions are eyeing the area for early next year. Producers for The Storm, a western rumoured to be the directorial debut of two-time Oscar nominated actress Catherine Keener, have been in Calgary looking at locations. A Thousand Tomorrows, a Christian rodeo story with country superstar Taylor Swift in a possible lead role, is also scouting here, sources confirmed.

Meanwhile, a production office has been set up for a two-week shoot for The Bourne Legacy, a reboot of the Bourne films that will star Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner. Filming will begin in the Kananaskis in early December and is expected to involve some “sizable” construction and set creation for local crews, sources report.

Calgary’s commissioner for film, television and creative industries Luke Azevedo would not comment on any of those high-profile projects until they have been officially greenlit. But he confirmed that it’s been a busy time for film production, both in actual shooting and scouting for future projects.

“It’s unusually busy,” Azevedo says. “The winter season is normally a slow-down time. We’re hoping with the amount of working that looks like is coming and is here will help drive our season a little longer this year and keep people working right through the winter. We have been actively pursuing a variety of feature films, some involving significant names.”

Among the biggest productions of the last year has been Hell on Wheels, the highly-anticipated western series that will debut Nov. 6 on AMC. A contingent of Alberta film workers and actors who participated in the project are currently in Los Angeles to attend a premiere for the show tonight.

Meanwhile, two pilots have been shot this year that could lead to more work if picked up. Gavin Crawford’s Wild West, a mockumentary about Western Canadians starring the comic from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, was shot in September. Borealis 2045, a sci-fi show from the Calgary producers of CBC’s Heartland, began shooting last week.

The series, set to air on Space, Nomadic Pictures, the local production company behind Hell on Wheels, has also been busy. Hannah’s Law, a Western set to air on the Hallmark TV channel in the U.S. in the spring of 2012, wrapped up in early October outside of Calgary. The company will also shoot a TV movie at the end of November.

A low-budget online movie called Love Me recently wrapped up in Calgary. Drawing Home, an indie period film about 20th-Century Banff artists Peter and Catharine Whyte, is set to resume shooting in November after an two-week shoot in early October. The Canadian-U.S. co-production is dividing up its shooting schedule to ensure it captures Banff in different seasons. While the film is being directed by Germany’s Markus Rupprecht, the majority of the crew and much of the cast is local.

“Right now, we’ve got a large number of speaking roles — something like 30 or 40,” says co-producer Brendan Hunter. “We’ve got major speaking roles, principals and leads being cast right out of Calgary, which I think is rare.”

Meanwhile, CBC’s popular Heartland, now in its fifth season, continues to shoot in Calgary and Millarville.

In fact, the biggest concern now is whether Alberta will have the crews to cover all this work.

“There was one week at the end of September when we had four shows going at one time,” says Tom MacRae, production business agent for IATSE 212. “Gavin Crawford’s show was going, and Heartland, and Hannah’s Law and Love Me. We had four going just for that one-week period. It was tight, but we got it done.”

Source: Calgary Herald

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