Looks like Kelowna is finally going to receive a full service film studio of its very own, and it’s about damn time! With the expansion of the film industry into the Okanagan over the past several years, a multi-purpose facility with the capability to house full-scale productions is certainly in demand in the Okanagan Centre.
Eagle Creek Studio, based out of Burnaby, purchased the property on Spectrum Court by the Kelowna International Airport last year with hopes to be open in late 2017.
Currently filming at Eagle Creek is the American dystopian alternative history series, “The Man From High Castle”. The television series, recently renewed for a third season, is an Amazon original, and was one of the most watched pilots on Amazon since the original series development program began.
Okanagan Film Commissioner, Jon Summerland comments, “This kind of facility will create the infrastructure we need to bring in big productions and TV series. It will create full-time employment for many people and will also create new businesses.” He continued, “I have been working on this from the beginning and am so pleased that we are so close to this kind of expansion of the production industry here in the Okanagan.”
This is exciting news, Kelowna. It means more money into the city’s economy, with crews being housed at various hotels, eating in our numerous restaurants, hanging out at local pubs, and buying from our businesses. It also means that local film industry residents will not have to travel and stay in Vancouver to work. Knowing plenty of people in the industry in the Okanagan, this will be a load off of a lot of people’s shoulders!
With the new Okanagan Film Studio in Vernon and this soon-to-be addition, the Okanagan is becoming a busy little hot-spot for the booming BC film Industry.
If looking for more information on the new studio, feel free to check out the Okanagan Film Commission website or email Jon Summerland at firstname.lastname@example.org.