Chilliwack’s downtown is preparing for its “close-up” as it gears up for an upcoming major film shoot that’s happening for eight days in May. Filming for the largest production to hit Chilliwack to date begins on May 13. The large contingency of cast and crew will be descending upon Chilliwack’s historic downtown as filming for Paramount Pictures $100 million CGI (computer generated images) and live action Monster Trucks production begins in our city.
Set for a May 2015 release and with “Ice Age” director Chris Wedge at the helm, the action film’s cast includes Amy Ryan (from the Office) and veteran actor Danny Glover (as a junk yard owner) joining Lucas Till, Jane Levy and Rob Lowe (news flash: it was just announced that Lowe is joining the cast).
Filming of the action scenes will commence May 13th through 17th and span sixteen square blocks of Chilliwack’s downtown including five corners. Wellington Avenue will be set-up for major monster truck action with cameras situated on roof tops of surrounding buildings capturing the action. The filming continues on May 26 through 28th and will include filming of the principal actors’ scenes during the three day shoot.
All businesses in the downtown will be open as usual during this period although filming will impact some street access and parking in the area. Support these downtown shops by shopping and eating while filming is underway – you never know who you may cross paths with while strolling downtown Chilliwack in May. Please be patient, respect the work of the film crew and remember the positive and lasting impact a large production like Monster Trucks can have on a community. This production has the opportunity of putting Chilliwack on the map, so to speak, in terms of future filming locations. After all, Chilliwack has lots to offer the film community for locations – a historic, small-town downtown core, numerous heritage homes and buildings, mountain vistas, fertile farmland, lakes, streams and rivers. Let’s also be known as a place that welcomes film crews into their city.
“Monster Truck” from the 1940s (courtesy Chilliwack Museum and Archives)
If you really want to be part of the magic of film and watch as the action unfolds in downtown Chilliwack, book a room at the historic Royal Hotel on Wellington Ave during the filming.
The twenty nine room Royal Hotel is offering a special rate for the period of May 13 through 28. Book either on-line or by phone and mention the promo code “MONSTR” while making your reservations.
http://www.royalhotelchilliwack.com or 1-888-434-3388