The regional district’s film commission is setting up a database so area residents can work as extras in local film shoots.
“We get a lot of calls and inquiries from people who want to be extras,” said Vicci Weller, head of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District film commission.
Weller said the database will help both those looking for a bit part and for producers working in this region. Once approved, producers working here will be given access to the database of extras.
Under the current system, extras would be contracted through a firm, typically from out of the region.
“We want to put our people first,” Weller said.
While film production in B.C. is in the doldrums, the region has played host to several European film sets this summer, including a one based in Switzerland and another in Germany.
Together those productions were estimated to spend nearly $1.5 million this summer in local areas including Nicola Valley, Kamloops and Big Bar. Local sites were also used to stage two commercial productions this summer.
The board of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District is also supporting a push by the industry to increase tax credits. Strength of the Canadian dollar has reduced this country’s cost competitiveness for filming.
“B.C. is struggling and not competitive,” Weller said. “Everything is about tax credits.”