The Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s Film Commission is unveiling a new website: the TNRD Locations Movie Map (www.tnrdlocationsmoviemap.com), which showcases the various productions (film, TV, commercials, documentaries) that have filmed in the Regional District.
The website, funded primarily by the Northern Development Initiative Trust as an economic development project promoting filmmaking and tourism, features a Google Map of the Regional District with icons indicating where more than 100 projects across 250 locations were filmed. By clicking on the icons, or by accessing the pull down menu, visitors to the website can find out where a project was shot, information about cast and crew, view location photos, read a brief synopsis of the project, and discover little-known facts about the making of the project by clicking the “Who Knew?!” tab. There are also links to movie databases and trailers.
“This is an excellent way to communicate and engage the public and let them know what the film commission has accomplished over the years,” said Steven Rice, Chair of the TNRD Film Commission.
For Vicci Weller, Executive Director of Film for the TNRD, the website is meant to pique curiosity and hopefully be an engine that drives tourism as well as being a point of pride for residents: “Film tourism is a niche tourism market that promotes filmmaking and travel because people are curious. Also, it’s fun to brag about what’s been filmed in our hometowns when relatives, friends or colleagues visit.”
Weller anticipates the site will be expanded in the future so the Film Commission is hoping that the public will offer information and new locations: “It’s a site that will continually grow as more information is shared.”