(Prince George) Success ? that is how Film Prince George commissioner Karen Cameron remembers 2003. ?It was a challenging year, and we set ambitious goals, but I?m happy to say we met all our objectives and we are well positioned to attract film production to northern BC,? says Cameron.
Cameron points to the number of location requests completed in 2003 as a significant cause for optimism. ?We completed 68 location scouts, that?s more than double the amount in 2002, speaking volumes about the growing interest producers are showing in our area,? Cameron comments.
In addition to doubling the amount of location scouts, Film Prince George devoted significant energies to building its capacity to respond to location requests. The film commission increased its photo library to over 2100 digital images from over 200 locations throughout northern BC. With $9,000 in funding from SICEAI (Softwood Industry Community Economic Adjustment Initiative), Film Prince George implemented Film Pilot, a new software program that catalogues location images for easier access as well as export to the BC Film Commission photo library.
In September, Film Prince George launched a new web site, complete with more than 150 images on line for producers to browse. ?The web site is a key marketing tool for us, and we have been receiving some very positive feedback on the site, and we are very pleased with the amount of visits to the site,? say Cameron.
This fall, digital location photo workshops were held throughout northern BC. The workshops taught participants how to photograph areas with an eye for what the director needs to see. Cameron said the workshops successfully created a solid base of volunteers in northern BC who know of unique locations and how to photograph them.
While many people may remember 2003 for the cancellation of filming of ?Miracle?, Cameron remains positive about the future of film production in northern BC. ?The reality of the film production business is it?s very fickle ? locations are chosen (or not chosen) for a variety of reasons that are often beyond our control. However we will continue to try and bring all the pieces together with the support of our regional and provincial partners. We have a great product and we will continue to work hard to market that.?
2003 Highlights for Film Prince George
?In March of 2003, Karen Cameron moves to Prince George to assume the role of Film Commissioner for Film Prince George.
?Three trips to Los Angeles were completed in 2003 for meetings with various production companies, including Universal, Warner Bros, Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox, Showtime, HBO and Dreamworks.
?Increased photo file library to over 2100 digital images from around northern BC.
?Secured $9,000 in SICEAI funding to assist with the implementation of Film Pilot.
?68 location scouts were completed in 2003, more than double the 30 in 2002.
?Both the Discovery Channel and the Knowledge Network went to Tumbler Ridge to film segments on dinosaur fossil beds.
?Discovery Channel was up in Pink Mountain to film a documentary on the unique butterfly population.
?Fox TV was in Prince George interviewing for a segment of Stupid Behaviour Caught on Tape.
?The Getaway Show from Australia visited the grizzly bear sanctuary in Khutzeymateen Park.
?The new Film Prince George web site (www.filmpg.com) went online in September 2003, with over 160 images online.
?Three location photo workshops were held at the end of November in Prince George, Fort St. John and Terrace. 36 people participated, creating a solid base of volunteers who know of many unique locations and how to photograph them.