Resident Alien film crews will return to downtown Ladysmith this week. Filming will take place from Feb. 24 to March 3 at various locations along First Ave, Roberts Street, High Street and Gatacre Street.
Production will require parking stalls along First Ave between Roberts St and the zero block of Gatacre St; on the zero block of block Roberts St; the zero block of High St and on the zero block of Buller St between First Ave and the Trans Canada Highway.
“We will make every effort to best accommodate any short-term parking needs and production personnel will be ready to help answer any questions or assist pedestrians while filming is taking place. All businesses in town remain open as usual,” wrote Jina Johnson, location manager, in a news release.
Starting Thursday (Feb. 24) GEP Resident Inc. will begin occupying various street parking and parking lots around town, including:
– The Roberts Street Parking Lot, 17 Roberts Street (Beginning at 7:00 a.m.)
– The Traveller’s Hotel Parking Lot, 127 Gatacre Street (After 6:00 p.m.)
– The Fisherman’s Wharf Lot, 901 Ludlow Road (After 6:00 p.m.)
– The 900 block of Oyster Bay Drive
– Buller St Lot
“Last year, the B.C. film industry contributed over 43.5 billion to the Provincial economy and employed over 35,000 people. Continued support from communities such as yours helps to maintain B.C.’s reputation as a preferred filming destination. On behalf of the cast and crew of Resident Alien, thank you for your ongoing support of B.C.’s creative industries,” wrote Johnson.
On the morning of March 3, production trucks and equipment will begin vacating the above lots and opening portions of them back up to the general public.
The following is a general guideline of planned activities with approximate times, provided by Johnson.
Thursday, (Feb. 24) – Saturday (Feb. 26):
• 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. — a small crew will be preparing the town for filming on First Ave, Roberts St, Gatacre St and High St.
• Equipment trucks will arrive in Ladysmith on Saturday (Feb. 26) and park in the assigned lots.
Sunday (Feb. 27):
• 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. — production will be filming in and around the 300 & 400 blocks of First Ave, the zero block of Roberts St and Gatacre St and in the alley behind White Space Living & Bayview Framing. While filming, crews will conduct intermittent traffic control, as well as a temporary closure at times on Roberts St (with the exception of local traffic).
• 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. — production has requested permission to close the 300–400 block of First Ave from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in order to film a night-based scene. A production drone camera will fly down the middle of First Ave between Gatacre St and White St. This block will be closed to vehicular traffic only; however, local traffic may be allowed to enter when it is safe, according to Johnson. Pedestrians may be held intermittently while the cameras roll. RCMP and JSK Traffic will assist with the diversion around the set. Lighting lifts will make the area brighter than usual.
Monday, (Feb. 28) and Tuesday (March 1):
• 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. — Filming will continue on the 300 and 400 blocks of First Ave, the zero block of Roberts St and in the alley behind White Space Living & Bayview Framing. A scene will be filmed on the 500 block of First Ave.
• 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. — Crews will film a night scene on Roberts St and on First Ave. The area will appear brighter than usual during this time and crews will conduct intermittent traffic control, as well as a temporary closure at times on Roberts St (with the exception of local traffic).
Wednesday (March 2):
• 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Filming will take place on the east side of the 500 block of First Ave and on High St. A reduced crew will simultaneously film at various places around Ladysmith to capture seasonal shots of the town.
Thursday (March 3) – Friday (March 4):
• 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. — Wrap crews will return to remove all dressing from the streets. All sets will be wrapped out and all production infrastructure will be cleared.