Mak­ing Drumheller film friendly

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been small enough at this point to talk to the mayor and one or two other peo­ple, and away we go. We want to re­mind them that’s im­por­tant be­cause this busi­ness works fast,” said Marsh.

Al­ford said in the past they have worked well with the town, with for­mer eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fices.

“When any­one had a ques­tion, they could call that one per­son, they could do the work be­hind the scenes and the film scouts and crews can move along with­out the red tape,” said Al­ford.

Marsh adds that lo­cal es­tab­lished in­dus­try can play their part.

“The film in­dus­try hires ev­ery­body at some point. I have hired welders, driv­ers, ve­hi­cles, wa­ter trucks, ev­ery­thing you could imag­ine,” said Marsh.

Al­ford sug­gests that an on­line di­rec­tory could be a sim­ple tool for a com­mu­nity to de­velop.

She adds that tourism re­lated to the in­dus­try could be­come an­other spinoff.

“Movie tourism is huge. So hav­ing some­thing on the town’s web­site, pro­mot­ing all the things that have been shot here, Fort Ma­cleod has had tremen­dous suc­cess, with Broke­back Moun­tain be­ing the pin­na­cle.”

Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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