Opportunities in the local film industry ‘as big as the imagination’ – Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal
A feature film called Death pursuit will shoot in Ashcroft from May 24; one of the many film and television productions coming to the region in the coming months. Another upcoming movie in the Ashcroft / Cache Creek area is The Ringmen, which will begin filming in mid-August, and the production company has announced that it hopes to film another project in the region this year.
It’s a scenario that thrilled Victoria Weller, Commissioner of the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission (TNFC): not only for the productions and their economic benefits for the region, but also because of the many opportunities for locals to get involved. in the movie. industry in a wide variety of positions.
“We are seeing that due to COVID-19 there has been a sharp rise in projects in Canada and British Columbia, mainly due to product expansion required due to COVID and channel expansion. “, she says. “There is a larger market for films suitable for families, as well as some that are intriguing but not necessarily very violent.”
The increase in local filming in the area has resulted in a demand for more local crew members, as opposed to American productions which spend a lot of time in Vancouver.
“When we say ‘local’ crew, we mean wherever you are, you work as a local,” says Weller. “Some people are going to work and stay where they live, or live in trailers – which means you’re local everywhere – or live with family or friends and be local anywhere, be it Kamloops, Clearwater. or Ashcroft.
Getting into the film industry is not as difficult as some might think. Weller says many people already have transferable skills that production companies can use, such as first aid or food safety training.
“They are always looking for people for craft services [catering] or who can be on set for special effects or stunts. If you are a carpenter or electrician, this may be transferable. These are entry-level positions, but if something is being built for the film industry, it’s meant to look good, not to last.
A traffic control ticket is also a transferable skill: production assistants often have to argue over people, guard doors, or direct traffic. Weller says drivers are also important.
“Look at the credits of any production. They depend on many drivers with different licenses, and they are always in demand and very valuable to the film industry.
“The industry relies on people who are in the restaurant business and have experience in food preparation, as well as people who have studied makeup or who are hairdressers. If you have 100 background artists who need to get their hair done a certain way, you need a lot of people who know how to do it. They need seamstresses, people who know how to dye fabrics, and sometimes they need help with landscaping or preparing greens. It always helps to know things like these. “
Weller says anyone with behind-the-scenes talent that could be valuable to the film industry should register with the TNFC’s Team Database.
“Send a resume and contact information to [email protected] and let us know what experience you have. Have you done any bridal shows? Theater? If so, we want to know. Everything about the arts is really useful.
Even if you don’t have any experience, but just want to work in films, Weller says the film commission wants to hear from you.
“We like to keep people who have no experience but who want to learn. Once you gain some experience you will go to our crew database, but the two together [of names] be sent to production companies because you never know what they’re looking for. It is as big as the imagination.
She adds that people can decide when and for how long they want to work on a film. “Maybe you can take time off from work or take your vacation. You can say, “I can work for five days but not two weeks,” and that may be enough. “
Another great way to get involved in the film industry is through scouting. Weller says scouts need to have a basic knowledge of the film industry in order to know the settings; good knowledge of the region; a driver’s license and their own vehicle; and some photography skills.
“Scouts are also something that we are looking for, and we will need them soon. The film commission is ready to train you on formatting and submission. It is a job or a skill that once you have we will ask you to help you throughout the year. She adds that working as a Boy Scout is not something that is not full time, but that comes in waves. “It’s a random scenario.”
For those who want to learn more, there are film orientation and safety courses available online, some of which are free and only take a few hours. The Film Industry Orientation Course (https://bit.ly/3hHLmwG) is a one-day course, where participants learn terminology, etiquette and job descriptions of the film industry.
“It means if you’re called out, you know what you’re doing,” Weller says. “It’s like looking behind the curtain The Wizard of Oz to see who manages everything.
It’s not just behind the scenes that production companies are looking for premises; there is also an increase in production needs in front of the camera. Weller says anyone interested in working as a core talent (extras) should sign up.
“In the area we have an extras molding company called Kammywood. [https://bit.ly/3uXX1LH, or email [email protected]], and we also have a talent agency for the theater, Askem [https://askemtalent.com/]. You are sent for an audition, and there are other opportunities to grow and find a job. “
Weller says people who want to work in the film industry need to be serious. Having some sort of training can help, and the film commission can help you train if you have transferable skills.
“What we’re seeing is it’s a chicken or egg situation: they want a local crew before they decide if they can afford to film here, but people are waiting for us to have productions, and businesses are falling because we don’t have a team. We want to step up training and say that we have people with transferable skills. We are ready to invest in their future, but we need to know who they are. “
Weller says that with the film commission busier than it has been in years, they want to be ready when companies ask for crew lists.
“Hurry up. Get your CV now; do not wait.
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