Net­flix pro­duc­tion scout­ing val­ley for lo­ca­tions

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The val­ley has been busy this sea­son for the film in­dus­try, and it might get a lit­tle bit busier.

John Barry Gra­ham tells The Mail that last week he had a group of lo­ca­tion scouts in the val­ley look­ing at sites for the se­cond sea­son of the Net­flix series Lost in Space.

He said a group of five from the pro­duc­tion, in­clud­ing the art di­rec­tor, were at the Gra­ham Ranch and went for a walk to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions for film­ing for a few hours.

‘They re­ally liked it, they said it is a unique lo­ca­tion and more rugged and more like a fu­tur­is­tic planet com­pared to other lo­ca­tions,” Gra­ham said. “Horse­shoe Canyon and Horsethief Canyon are nice but they are tamer.”

Lost in Space is a reimag­in­ing of the 1965 tele­vi­sion series of the same name. It is the ad­ven­tures of a fam­ily of space colo­nial­ists whose ship veers off course.

The site has been a pop­u­lar place for film­ing. This sum­mer the com­edy Abra­ca­dav­ers shot at the ranch as did Tommy Tremor. In 2016, Ben­jamin Ross Hay­den filmed North­lander in the same lo­ca­tion.

Gra­ham said he has been mak­ing con­nec­tions by vol­un­teer­ing at the Banff World Me­dia Fes­ti­val, and it is pay­ing off.

“It is not only help­ing busi­ness come to our place, but it is help­ing the val­ley, the more it pro­motes, the bet­ter,” he said.,

He says they want to shoot three episodes of the series in the Bad­lands to rep­re­sent one of the plan­ets they are land­ing on.

He adds there are more po­ten­tial projects look­ing at the val­ley in­clud­ing a West­ern epic.

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