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Area's film inventory project progressing well

Mountain View County, the Town of Sundre and the Town Didsbury working on a database that contains an inventory of area filming sites
MVT Kevin Costner in Didsbury
Didsbury Municipal Library staff and former staff, from left, Inez Kosinski, Donna Christensen, Nikki Davidson with her three-year-old daughter Harlow, and Monique Fieldler pose with movie star Kevin Costner outside of JD's Restaurant on 19th Avenue in Didsbury on April 17, 2019. Residents of Didsbury were out in force checking out the filming of Kevin Costner's latest movie at the time, Let Him Go. The suspense thriller shot scenes inside JD's Restaurant, as well as on the street outside, on April 17 and near the hospital on April 18. File photo/MVP Staff

MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY - A joint project involving Mountain View County, the Town of Sundre and the Town Didsbury to promote and encourage filming in the district continues to make good progress, says Chris Atchison, the county’s director of legislative, community and agriculture services.

In his third quarter report presented to council at a recent council meeting, Atchison said the Filming Inventory Project is being spearheaded by the economic development departments of the partner municipalities. 

Once completed it will feature the development of an electronic database that contains an inventory of filming sites within the county and the creation of a brand identity for MVC Film Partnership.

“Now we are working on the actual creation of that database where potential film partners will be able to identify locations as well as local residents or business owners will be able to add their properties to the inventory is they are interested in partnering in filming initiatives. We are excited about this partnership,” said Atchison.

Further public engagement to add properties and locations to the database will be ongoing, he said.

In his report Atchison also discussed the recent development of a tourism initiative for the Cochrane to Rocky Mountain House tourism corridor, which includes portions of Mountain View County.

The project is currently undertaking engagement and a needs assessment prior to identifying the future actions items for the corridor, he said.

“It works quite nicely with our own economic development objectives and trying to tie some of our businesses together with an overall initiative to try and keep people in the area longer,” he said. “We are looking forward to seeing where that goes in the next couple of months.”

The county’s photo/video library project is ongoing with two contract photographers, both locally based, already producing materials, he said. 

“All of our parks have been photographed,” he said. “The airports have been photographed and we’ve had some great videos done up of the agricultural community. There has been some great work done by the contract photographers. We are very excited to roll that out.”

Photography will be continuing into the winter months, he said. 

The county’s parks saw average use through the summer with minimal damage and vandalism, he said.

“Regular maintenance of mowing and weed eating was increased due to the wetter conditions in the early summer,” he said. “We are really impressed with the lack of vandalism.”

Atchison also reported on fire department calls by incident type in the third quarter, covering the county areas of Carstairs, Cremona, Didsbury, Olds and Sundre.

There were a total of 57 motor vehicle calls, 20 mutual aid calls, 17 structure fires, 51 medical calls and 28 gas leak and alarm calls.

Council passed a motion accepting Atchison’s report as information.


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