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Big budget movies scenes to be shot in Fort Macleod

Cameras will be rolling this year in Fort Macleod.
Three to four scenes for the Hollywood production “T.S. Spivet” will be filmed at locations in town.
“It’s a world-wide release with a budget of $30-million to $40-million,” Town of Fort Macleod economic development officer Martin Ebel said.
Fort Macleod will stand in for Montana, Ebel told Chamber of Commerce members on Thursday.
Scenes will also be shot in Pincher Creek and Lethbridge.
“Southern Alberta will be well represented,” Ebel said.
The scenes in Fort Macleod will be shot in late August or early September.
There will be day and night scenes shot on historic Main Street.
The Fort Macleod post office will stand in for a high school in one scene, and filming will also take place at a grain elevator.
The production crew will also take over a ranch near Pincher Creek for scenes of ranch country.
The high level bridge in Lethbridge and Southminster United Chuch will provide the setting for other scenes.
“We’re kind of in the big leagues with this,” Ebel said, noting other scenes will be shot in Montreal, Chicago and Washington.
“Right now it’s at the most preliminary stages, but the project is green lit,” Ebel said.
The movie is about 12-year-old T.S. Spivet, a boy growing up on a ranch in Montana. A science enthusiast, he invents a perpetual motion machine and sends the plans to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington without revealing who he is.
“Smithsonian tests it and lo and behold it’s the real thing — it works,” Ebel explained.
T.S. Spivet is invited to Washington by the Smithsonian people, but he is not able to attend — at least with the knowledge of his parents.
The boy hops a train bound for Washington, and the movie is about his adventures during the trip.
“It’s a slice of life, family adventure,” Ebel said.
The movie is based on the 2009 book “The Collected Works of T.S. Spivet” by writer Reif Larsen.
Oscar-nominated French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, whose credit include “Delicatessen,” “City of Lost Children,” “Alien: Resurrection,” and “Amélie,” will direct.
Ebel said he is also in discussions with people associated with the production “On the Blood.”
“Fort Macleod would be Fort Macleod in that production,” Ebel said.
The production is still waiting for the green light.

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