With many roads closed this weekend, commuting around Calgary can lead to some headaches.
However, it may lead to a glimmer of filmmaking worth nearly a million dollars.
First Street SW in Victoria Park is the latest location in Alberta to be transformed into a post-apocalyptic setting as filming continues on HBO’s adaptation of the popular video game. the last of us.
Business owners in the area will have to keep quiet about the excitement of the project, but the executive director of the Victoria Park business improvement area says people are handling the temporary inconvenience well.
“I think, overall, people are being well taken care of and see that as a very positive thing,” David Low says. “It doesn’t happen everywhere.”
It is the second time in as many weeks that filming of the much-anticipated series has closed a heavily trafficked area in downtown Calgary.
Until recently, the 4th Avenue flyover was almost unrecognizable—turned into a wasteland, with broken-down vehicles and busted-up concrete.
Earlier in October, filming was being done at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton.
Brock Schretting, head of advocacy to Alberta Rowling, says the production is a testament to the quality of the province’s workforce and the endless diversity in the landscape.
“Within one jurisdiction, we have mountains, deserts, badlands, prairie,” says Skretting. “We have small towns with a historical look. We have smaller towns with a more modern look.”
Skretting says that once production is over, Alberta’s location will no doubt be one of the most desirable locations for the film industry, if any.
“middle of Ghost Busters And the last of us, there will be no studio or production company that hasn’t heard of Alberta.”
Roads in and around 1st Street SW are expected to remain closed through next Thursday.