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Parts of downtown Nanaimo closed for weeks of ‘important’ filming

Film commission has actively been working to find locations for undisclosed project
Filming in downtown Nanaimo in 2019. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo residents will have to adjust trips to the downtown core as sections will be blocked off for more than a month to accommodate filming.

According to the Downtown Nanaimo website, areas of Commercial Street around Diana Krall Plaza will closed between April 22-May 31.

Joan Miller, Vancouver Island North Film Commission executive director, wouldn’t elaborate on details, citing a non-disclosure agreement, but did tell the News Bulletin it will be an important production for the region.

The commission has been working with the production for a year and has been providing location files since last spring, which have included options from the entire region, Miller said in an e-mail.

“Production narrowed down their choices, we had our local scouts go in and re-shoot all-new, expanded files,” she said. “They sent their location team to survey, we then set up initial meetings with [the City of Nanaimo] and key local contacts they asked to meet with.”

Miller said it’s a very experienced location production team, which the commision has worked with on Jurassic World. Once they identified the key location and met with the key local players, they took the lead on all the logistics, she said.

Wharf Street and access to Diana Krall Plaza from Commercial Street will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrians, noted the Downtown Nanaimo website, with changes to the Coastal Community Credit Union entrance.

Dates are still being finalized for some phases of filming.

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