Tumbler Ridge will be in the international spotlight in the lead-up to the 2010 Olympics! Infinity Films was in town on January 1 and 2, working with the palaeontologists of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation (TRMF) and shooting footage that will be broadcast internationally over the next four years, starting next month in Turin, Italy.
The theme of Tumbler Ridge dinosaur discoveries, the work the Museum Foundation has done on them and the resulting benefit to the region and province have been selected by the BC Secretariat for the 2010 Olympics as one of fifty BC themes that will each become a three minute story. Infinity Films is one of five companies that put in successful proposals, and each is producing ten films for the BC Secretariat.
This all began when Infinity Films were referred to the TRMF?s Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre as the provincial centre of expertise in dinosaurs, as they were helping to develop a traveling dinosaur exhibit in Gastown. Once they heard of the work that was being done in Tumbler Ridge, they pitched the idea to the BC Secretariat and it was quickly approved.
The film crew managed to fit a lot into a busy two day schedule: they interviewed and filmed palaeontologists Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley at work in the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre and at the dinosaur excavation site. They interviewed Mayor Caisley, TRMF President Charles Helm, Daniel Helm who co-discovered the original dinosaur trackway in 2000, and Jennifer Becker who has led the TRMF?s dinosaur footprint tours the past two summers. TRMF footage of the dinosaur excavation and footage by Rodger Legault of a dinosaur footprint tour can also be used.
Mayor Caisley commented: ?Throughout our entire planet, major extensive dinosaur discoveries are extremely rare. Tumbler Ridge has a unique opportunity to develop these areas into a world class attraction for all to view and experience.?
Shel Piercy, CEO of Infinity Films, said, ?The story of the dinosaur discoveries in Tumbler Ridge, and their role in revitalizing the economy of the town, is one of the most exciting stories in British Columbia today.?
At the end of the two days of filming Ken Craw said, ?Incredible work by the team here in Tumbler Ridge, and very impressive finds! Thank you for allowing us to film here.?
It is hard to quantify the value of this incredible promotion opportunity for the community and region. A copy of the three minute story will be made available to the TRMF for viewing on the interactive exhibit in the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre.