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Post pandemic production shot in West Kelowna offers several firsts

Shanelle Connell will be featured in the TV movie A Wedding to Remember, filmed by Reel One Entertainment at the Cove Lakeside Resort on the shores of Okanagan Lake.
Image Credit: REEL ONE
November 16, 2020 - 1:30 PM

A Kelowna actress will make her way to the small screen, playing the role of a confidante in a locally shot romcom that paved the way for future pandemic productions.

Shanelle Connell will be featured in the TV movie A Wedding to Remember, filmed by Reel One Entertainment at the Cove Lakeside Resort on the shores of Okanagan Lake.

“It was an honour to be a part of one of the first productions to start up after COVID,” Connell said in a press release. “Acting has been my dream since I was young, so witnessing everyone working together to keep all of our ‘Hollywood’ dreams alive was really special.”

This TV movie takes Connell from the stage to screen, following a top 20 placement in the Miss Universe Canada pageant in 2017.

It was one of Canada’s first production to film under new strict COVID protocols.

The made-for-TV movie casts Connell as Frankie, who offers some best-friend advice to star Cristina Rosato (Olivia Owens), and Calgary-born actor Greyston Holt as Brian Wolf, Olivia’s love interest. Directed by David Strasser, the comedic romance finds Olivia and Brian on opposite sides of a development project. They have to put their feelings aside to save their best friends’ wedding. 

Kelowna actress Shanelle Connell makes her debut in the upcoming release of the TV movie A Wedding to Remember, filmed onsite in the Okanagan Valley by Reel One Entertainment.
Kelowna actress Shanelle Connell makes her debut in the upcoming release of the TV movie A Wedding to Remember, filmed onsite in the Okanagan Valley by Reel One Entertainment.
Image Credit: REEL ONE

The production became a model for movie-making in the post-pandemic world.

“We worked with WorkSafeBC to create protocols for the industry, and the Okanagan became the first region in Canada ‘to go to camera’ during COVID,” Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland said in the release.

Newly hired health and safety organizers facilitated personal protective equipment and sterilized the set before and after crew members arrived for shooting.


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