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IN PHOTOS: Kamloops turns into Angel Grove as Power Rangers filming begins

Filming today, April 13, took place mainly on Fourth Avenue, Seymour Street and Victoria Street.
April 13, 2016 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Downtown is bustling more than normal lately as filming for the Power Rangers movie takes over Downtown Kamloops streets.

With roughly 125 crew members running around, most locals driving by might be wondering where the action is as Kamloops plays the fictional Angel Grove, California.

“It doesn’t look like much is happening, but it will be mayhem on screen,” publicist Ernie Malik says.

Most of the crew is responsible for CGI or computer-assisted visual effects. While there is a bit of action with speeding cars and running extras, there is not much acting taking place and the main cast will not be in the city. 

Malik says the city streets are being filmed right now along with the extras for the third act of the movie. After some of the designs are finalized from the graphics department producers will marry the two visuals into one film clip.

More than 150 locals make up the group of excited extras travelling in packs on Fourth Avenue, one of which is Mike Loukopoulos, 26, who recently told media he was the franchise’s biggest fan.

“It’s been pretty exciting,” he says. “I’ve watched every episode (of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) probably twice at least. My friends tell me I don’t shut up about it."

Mixed with the 150 extras throughout the downtown core are a handful of fictitious Angel Grove police officers
Mixed with the 150 extras throughout the downtown core are a handful of fictitious Angel Grove police officers

Vicci Weller, Thompson Nicola Regional District’s film commissioner, welcomes the opportunity for Kamloops to be part of a major motion picture.

"We’ve been working on this for over a year. It’s fun to see it manifest and nice to see the economic impact,” she says.

By the time filming concludes she says the production will have generated between $300,000 and $400,000 for the city.

In addition to Downtown, some filming is also taking place in Lac du Bois.

For more information on the filming, along with a loose schedule of events click here.

 

Filming has started in the loops @cfjc_today #kamloops #powerrangers

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Because the set changes are frequent, it means those in charge of the film are moving their tent from place to place, bringing their equipment with them wherever they go.
Because the set changes are frequent, it means those in charge of the film are moving their tent from place to place, bringing their equipment with them wherever they go.

While there's not a lot of action on set, a camera rigged up to an SUV is one of the main pieces of equipment used for filming. Here is it on Fourth Avenue.
While there's not a lot of action on set, a camera rigged up to an SUV is one of the main pieces of equipment used for filming. Here is it on Fourth Avenue.

There's a few props throughout the streets to make it seem more like the fictional Angel Grove, California.
There's a few props throughout the streets to make it seem more like the fictional Angel Grove, California.


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