Stars move on but spotlight remains

Production on Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, wrapped up on the weekend in Enderby, Grindrod and Armstrong

The stars have moved on, but the North Okanagan could continue to bask in the spotlight.

Production on Walt Disney Pictures’ Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, wrapped up on the weekend in Enderby, Grindrod and Armstrong.

“Long-term, it exposes this area to the top directors and producers in the business,” said John Trainor, Okanagan Film Commission chairperson. “We have incredible production values like scenery and crew.”

Jon Summerland, film commissioner, has been busy speaking to a number of producers interested in what the North Okanagan has to offer.

“That has partly sprung from the Disney experience,” said Trainor.

Tomorrowland, which has a $250 million budget, began filming in the Enderby area Aug. 19 and continued off and off until this past weekend.

Besides the cast, there was a crew of about 300 people and they used local restaurants, hotels and other services.

“It’s been a pretty incredible summer for the North Okanagan,” said Trainor.

“I was at the Mabel Lake Golf and Country Club, and the people out there were talking about the business it (film) brought to the Enderby area.”

It’s believed Enderby and Grindrod were selected as locations because of the availability of farm land.

“We had a great time,” said Lee Anne Muldoon, Tomorrowland publicist.

“The area was very friendly to the film community. The film commission was also extremely helpful to us, especially in the early stages of determining locations.”

Production has now shifted to Vancouver and the sets constructed in the Enderby area are being demolished.

Tomorrowland will be released in theatres Dec. 12, 2014.