A Regina-based film company is taking its next production out to the Okanagan Valley in B.C., and it stars one of Hollywood's classic '90s action heroes, Wesley Snipes.
The latest film from Minds Eye Entertainment brings the film crew to the lush green and mountainous terrain of the Okanagan for The Recall, a film that follows five friends on vacation at remote cabin during an alien invasion.
The Recall is the first of six films over the next two years Minds Eye announced earlier this year in Cannes, France.
It's a co-production between Saskatchewan and B.C., and as Kevin DeWalt, president and CEO of Minds Eye Entertainment said, half the crew has prairie roots and the majority of the post-production will be done right here in Saskatchewan.
"Half the spend is on Saskatchewan personnel that we brought out to the Okanagan and equipment that we brought from Saskatchewan," DeWalt said. I think we have about half the crew — around 20-25 people."
But because it's a Saskatchewan-B.C. co-production, Minds Eye is receiving both a grant from Creative Saskatchewan and a B.C. tax credit to fund the picture. With the film budgeted at $1.3 million, Creative Saskatchewan is giving the production about $350,000 while the B.C. government is giving them about $550,000.
DeWalt said Minds Eye Entertainment will keep their head office in Regina but has set up a satellite office in Kelowna, B.C., for this film.
He explained this production can take advantage of both provincial grants and tax credits because the work is being split between the two provinces. However once the shooting is done, the film heads back to Saskatchewan for post-production.
Looking ahead, DeWalt said his company has only solidified the film location for this first flick. As for the second or third films, they could be filmed in Saskatchewan, but nothing's set in stone.
"In this case the movie is set in the mountains, with forests so it makes sense to shoot it here in B.C. There might be a project in the future that would be set in Saskatchewan, but with the cap on the Saskatchewan grant on projects it's tough to do bigger budget films in Saskatchewan at the moment," DeWalt said referencing the province's $600,000 cap on a per-project basis.
Saskatchewan axed its film tax credit program in 2012 and shifted to a grant-based system through Creative Saskatchewan.
Minds Eye Entertainment has had its head office in Regina for 31 years.