Movie map designed to bring fans to area

'It's a niche market of tourism that's growing and becoming an important part of the film industry'

Jason Hewlett / Kamloops Daily News
October 10, 2012 01:00 AM

Kamloops grasslands used in the final episode, Daybreak, for Battlestar: Galactica.

The growing trend of movie tourism has prompted the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission to design a digital map of all the film and TV projects shot around the region.

Expected to launch on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District website on Nov. 15, the map will include a synopsis for each of the at least 60 feature films, TV series and movies-of-the-week that have been created here, said Vicci Weller, the commission's executive director.

There will also be a list of cast and crew, a trivia question about the project and, most importantly, where the locations are and how people can get there, she said.

"We'll pinpoint all these areas," said Weller. "It's going to be exciting."

Several high-profile projects have been made in and around Kamloops during the last decade, including Firewall with Harrison Ford and The A-Team with Liam Neeson. Both were shot at Tranquille on the Lake.

An Unfinished Life with Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford and the apocalyptic thriller 2012 filmed at various locations in the area, including Ashcroft and Lac Du Bois.

Weller said movies and TV shows have a dedicated fan base, and more and more often these fans will travel to a location in order to see where the project was made.

This was the case three years ago when two fans of the sci-fi TV show Battlestar: Galactica came to Kamloops to see where the episodes Eye of Jupiter, Rapture and Daybreak were filmed.

"Some of them become pretty special locations and have meaning to these film tourists," she said. "It's a niche market of tourism that's growing and becoming an important part of the film industry."

Weller hopes the map will not just appeal to film fans from within the regional district, but also from across North America.

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