‘NOW IS THE TIME’: NOVA SCOTIA FILM INDUSTRY GEARING UP FOR A BUSY YEAR

The head of the industry organization says production companies who engaged in preliminary discussions in 2020 are now coming back with plans to move ahead.

HALIFAX — In the midst of the global pandemic, the comparatively low number of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia is helping attract film production to the province, according to Screen Nova Scotia.

The head of the industry organization says production companies who engaged in preliminary discussions in 2020 are now coming back with plans to move ahead.

“We’re starting to see some of those studios bringing their projects to Nova Scotia, and we expect a few of them to kick off production in the coming months,” says Screen Nova Scotia Executive Director Laura MacKenzie. “It’s looking really busy, busier than we’ve been in many years.”

Last year, the local film industry quickly put pandemic plans in place so projects already booked for the year could go ahead.

Protocols on set made filming during a pandemic a different experience, even for seasoned veterans.

Maritime actor Charlie Rhindress scored a recurring role in Chapelwaite, which was filmed last year in the Halifax area. The period television series, based on a short story by Stephen King, stars Adrian Brody and Emily Hampshire.

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