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."
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.
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