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The ‘Chesapeake Shores’ TV series production crew filmed in Nanoose Bay on May 19, 2022 as part of its sixth and final season. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

Bittersweet ending approaches for ‘Chesapeake Shores’ production on Vancouver Island

Hallmark Channel TV series wraps up filming of sixth and final season this summer

 

Michelle Asgarali, shown in a handout photo, is the producer of the new show “Breaking Character,” which follows a cast of disabled actors trying to make it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/-HO-AMI

‘Breaking Character’ is breaking boundaries in the world of disability representation

Docu-series tells the stories of 6 performers with disabilities

 

Comedian Johnny Harris checks out The Evelyn May while touring through Ucluelet as part of his CBC Television program Still Standing. (Photo courtesy of the CBC)

Ucluelet to be featured on CBC series Still Standing

Comedian Jonny Harris toured through Ucluelet last month

Comedian Johnny Harris checks out The Evelyn May while touring through Ucluelet as part of his CBC Television program Still Standing. (Photo courtesy of the CBC)
Cloverdale’s 176 Street was turned into “Greendale” Nov. 15, 2019, when crews filmed scenes for Part 3 of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

B.C. district council for Directors Guild of Canada issues strike notice

Any production not covered by a ‘safe harbour agreement’ may be subject to action after 72 hours

Cloverdale’s 176 Street was turned into “Greendale” Nov. 15, 2019, when crews filmed scenes for Part 3 of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
The Directors Guild of Canada, B.C. District Council (DGC BC) has voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. film workers union overwhelmingly in favour of strike vote

Directors Guild of Canada, B.C. District Council members voted 92.2% in favour of a strike

The Directors Guild of Canada, B.C. District Council (DGC BC) has voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. (Black Press Media file photo)
This image from the trailer of the 2021 Punjabi film <em>Honsla Rakh</em> was filmed in Surrey’s Brownsville Bar Park with New Westminster and the iconic Skybridge in the background. <em>Honsla Rakh</em> is a rom-com featuring superstar Diljit Dosanjh set in Vancouver and Surrey. Since its release, it has become one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films of all time. (Diljit Dosanjh/YouTube)

Cole’s Notes: B.C. could be the main star in films – but we can play any role

Film is a multi-billion dollar industry in B.C., but we rarely play ourselves on-screen

This image from the trailer of the 2021 Punjabi film <em>Honsla Rakh</em> was filmed in Surrey’s Brownsville Bar Park with New Westminster and the iconic Skybridge in the background. <em>Honsla Rakh</em> is a rom-com featuring superstar Diljit Dosanjh set in Vancouver and Surrey. Since its release, it has become one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films of all time. (Diljit Dosanjh/YouTube)
A unique opportunity is coming up for films to be viewed within the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New film festival shines light on Vancouver Island Indigenous stories

Mini film festival a first for the Chemainus Theatre

A unique opportunity is coming up for films to be viewed within the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Victoria-based screenwriter Joel H. Brewster (left) is pictured on the set of his 2016 short film, The Man in the Rabbit Mask. He won a $20,000 Black Creators Edition grant to support production of his next short film, The Victoria I know. (Photo courtesy of Joel H. Brewster)

$20K grant will help Victoria screenwriter produce Black history horror film

Joel Brewster one of 30 Black creators chosen to receive Telus Storyhive/Black Screen Office grant

Victoria-based screenwriter Joel H. Brewster (left) is pictured on the set of his 2016 short film, The Man in the Rabbit Mask. He won a $20,000 Black Creators Edition grant to support production of his next short film, The Victoria I know. (Photo courtesy of Joel H. Brewster)
Cast members in an upcoming series called Reginald the Vampire on set at the ‘Slushy Shack,’ a transformed gas station at the intersection of Glanford Road and Vanalman Avenue in Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Filming for Reginald the Vampire TV series draws onlookers to Saanich corner

Cast and crew under umbrellas, plastic sheets at ‘Slushy Shack’

Cast members in an upcoming series called Reginald the Vampire on set at the ‘Slushy Shack,’ a transformed gas station at the intersection of Glanford Road and Vanalman Avenue in Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Still Standing host Jonny Harris at the beach. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Wide range of reaction to Still Standing program on Chemainus

Chemainus Theatre cited as a significant omission by many

Still Standing host Jonny Harris at the beach. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
Penelakut’s Steve Sxwithul’txw, right, with Chief Keith Blake. (Photo courtesy of OCM 3 Productions).

Tribal Police Files a force to be reckoned with for local filmmaker

Three seasons of reality TV series captures the stories of officers in First Nations communities

Penelakut’s Steve Sxwithul’txw, right, with Chief Keith Blake. (Photo courtesy of OCM 3 Productions).
Resident Alien was among the TV productions filming in the Regional District of Nanaimo area in 2021, according to the Vancouver Island North Film Commission. (Black Press file)

Film and TV production on mid-Island busy despite pandemic, says film commission

INFilm estimates region benefited from $6.5 million in related economic activity in 2021

Resident Alien was among the TV productions filming in the Regional District of Nanaimo area in 2021, according to the Vancouver Island North Film Commission. (Black Press file)
Charlee Woodruff being held by Jonathan Bennett who plays one of her adoptive fathers in the upcoming Hallmark movie ‘The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls’. (Submitted photo)

Doubling their fun: Vancouver Island twins appear in Hallmark Christmas movie

Qualicum Beach babies now signed with Vancouver talent agency

Charlee Woodruff being held by Jonathan Bennett who plays one of her adoptive fathers in the upcoming Hallmark movie ‘The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls’. (Submitted photo)
The TV series Superman Lois strengthened the B.C. economy to the tune of $95 million, says Motion Picture Association – Canada. (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. photo)

Superman TV series strengthened B.C. economy by $95M, says movie association

Superman & Lois filmed in Delta, Surrey and Richmond

The TV series Superman Lois strengthened the B.C. economy to the tune of $95 million, says Motion Picture Association – Canada. (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. photo)
Director/Writer Scott Cooper and Producer Guillermo del Toro on the set of ANTLERS. Photo by Kimberley French. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved

Film industry an economic driver for B.C. towns says Canada’s Motion Picture Association

Four days of filming Antlers resulted in $10,000 for permit fees to District of Hope

Director/Writer Scott Cooper and Producer Guillermo del Toro on the set of ANTLERS. Photo by Kimberley French. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved
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FX Network Shōgun reboot transforms Ucluelet into feudal Japan

Vancouver Island’s West Coast welcomes filming for new take on 1980 TV mini-series

(Westerly file photo)
Crews and cast shooting The Christmas House II in Sidney crowded the corner of Second Street and Beacon Avenue Wednesday morning Robert Buckley and Mattia Castrillo are among the actors in the Hallmark Channel movie. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney blanketed in snow during final days of summer

Crews spread holiday cheer for Hallmark Christmas movie shoot

Crews and cast shooting The Christmas House II in Sidney crowded the corner of Second Street and Beacon Avenue Wednesday morning Robert Buckley and Mattia Castrillo are among the actors in the Hallmark Channel movie. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Jonny Harris strolling up from the Chemainus wharf Monday while in town for filming of the CBC-TV series, Still Standing. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Still Standing crew and host Harris seen around Chemainus Monday

Footage being compiled for the popular program to be broadcast in January 2022

Jonny Harris strolling up from the Chemainus wharf Monday while in town for filming of the CBC-TV series, Still Standing. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
A film crew prepares for a shoot downtown on Broad Street recently in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

South Vancouver Island buzzing with filming activity this year

But South Island film commissioner worries the pandemic-delayed uptick could be short-lived

A film crew prepares for a shoot downtown on Broad Street recently in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
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