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Spot the Kamloops landscape in Amazon show ‘The Stand’

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Look closely and you can see the Kamloops landscape in a popular new mini-series based on Stephen King’s novel 'The Stand.'

The Stand, shown on CBS and Amazon Prime, premiered in December 2020, according to IMDB and follows the survivors of a man-made plague in an epic showdown between good and evil. The show stars James Marsden, Odessa Young, Owen Teague and Whoopi Goldberg.

Scenes were shot last year, right before the actual pandemic caused lockdowns and restrictions, said TNRD film commissioner Victoria Weller.

“They wrapped literally within about a week of the actual lockdown because of the pandemic, so the irony of the situation can’t be lost there. They were lucky they got their last shot off,” she said.

Shots for the show were filmed in and around Kamloops and Ashcroft, she said.

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Viewers can see Kamloops in the partially snowy scenes and during the dry, arid scenes as the group completes their journey to Las Vegas, she said. Most of the show was filmed in Vancouver.

“When it looks really ugly and cold and snowy and brown, that’s us,” she said.

Local film crews and background actors were also hired in Kamloops and Ashcroft for the show.

“It was a significant expenditure in our area and they scouted here for almost a year before they settled on us,” she said.

Three more films are also planned for the area, along with one called Best Pursuit, she said. The Okanagan has a bigger film industry but Kamloops tends to cater to big blockbusters like Jurassic World, she said.

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“Our desert is definitely our most attractive thing,” she said.

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