Cinematic opportunities increase
The Okanagan film industry continues to thrive, and Tempest Theater and Film Society tries to keep the screen filled with local actors.
The company has partnered with Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen and received an impact grant from the BC Arts Council to provide a wide variety of professional training sessions for actors.
Starting with the basic techniques, classes range from a few hours to several days to an intensive nine-day application. Skills learned include traditional theatrical techniques, script analysis, audition training, and set protocols.
“We really tried to listen to the wants and needs of the community,” artistic director Kate Twa said in a press release. “I watched the rapid growth of the industry in Vancouver in the 1990s and have ideas on how to encourage and support healthy development here in the Valley. I think it’s going to get busier and busier.
The Okanagan has become a filming hotspot during the COVID-19 pandemic due to backlogs in other locations, which means more locals have more opportunities to work.
“In addition to the stunning scenery and variety of locations our region presents, outside production companies are attracted by the tax credits offered to projects that shoot in rural areas and employ local talent and crew,” said the curator of Okanagan Film, Jon Summerland. “It’s a significant advantage we have over traditional film centers like the Lower Mainland. But we have to have the people here to do the job, otherwise we will lose this opportunity.
Tempest classes run throughout the year. Its instructors are all active in the industry and bring decades of experience to the workshops.