New studio could be start of big boost for film industry

By Doug Collins
August 28, 2017 - 7:07am Updated: August 28, 2017 - 8:07am

KAMLOOPS — The local film industry has been on the verge of bigger things for many years.

But some changes are coming into effect that may bring those bigger things closer to reality.

Local company Mastermind Studios is in the process of building a sound stage for smaller insert sets often desired by commercial and television productions, and it could be the tip of the iceberg for bigger things.

CEO Peter Cameron-Inglis says the smaller studio is a first step. It will provide the indoor facility that is often needed for bigger crews to come here and work.Cameron-Inglis says if the industry buys into the concept, and business starts to flow here, he has plans for two much larger studios that would really enhance opportunities in the Kamloops area.

The current renovations are expected to be completed by October.

Film Commissioner Vicci Weller says there have been a number of outdoor shoots around the area over the years, but little in the way of indoor work. Weller says if the local talent crew can be enhanced by this sort of project, it will help tremendously in getting more projects to consider Kamloops in the future.

Cameron-Inglis says  the industry would provide a big economic boost to the area if it can be further developed to take in a larger portion of what the industry needs beyond just locations.

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