PHOTOS: Christmas in July became a reality, during Hope film shoot

Wallace Street was decked out in Christmas decor on July 29, as a film crew was wrapping up their last days of shooting in and around downtown Hope. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
A film crew on their first day of shooting ‘A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ at the Hope Fire Department’s Hall 1 on 3 Avenue on July 20. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Two almost human-sized nutcrackers positioned outside a Wallace Street business turned a summer heatwave in Hope into a winter wonderland in the fictitious town of Brooklyn, Colorado during the shooting of a feature film in Hope July 29. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Film crews worked hard to keep real snow on the ground, as well as positioning puffy plastic sheets of ‘snow’ around Hope during a blistering July week, part of the filming of ‘A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn.’ (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Several Wallace Street businesses were the focus of a film shoot in Hope in late July, including the Cat’s Meow Toy Store which became Tate’s Toys during an exterior scene July 29. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Hope, B.C. has for many years been transformed into fictitious towns in the U.S. with names dreamed up by script writers, all the way back to when the town became Hope, Liggett County, Washington for the shooting of Rambo First Blood. In late July 2020, Hope became Brooklyn, Colorado for the shooting of a Christmas film. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Background actors and principals donned winter wear for the shooting of a Christmas film in Hope on July 29, even amidst a summer heat wave and an active Environment Canada special weather statement. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Signs of an ongoing pandemic could be seen on the set of a July 29 film production in Hope. All cast and crew wore masks, signage was up enforcing mask wearing and physical distancing and sanitizer bottles were present. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Hope’s Memorial Park was the setting for a winter market scene during the filming of a Christmas movie July 29. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Despite sweltering daytime temperatures reaching up to the mid 30s, a film crew transformed Hope into a snowy winter wonderland last week for the shooting of a Christmas film.

From July 20 to Aug. 1, parts of downtown Hope were transformed into a Christmas village by the name of Brooklyn, Colorado. Bells and bobbles aplenty could be seen, as well as human-sized nutcracker statues, decked out Christmas trees and ‘snow’ made of plastic carpet-like material. Some real snow was observed as well, as crew members in shorts, t-shirts and surgical masks shoveled the elusive, melty substance from wheelbarrows onto the hot sidewalk as background actors scurried about the set in full winter wear.

The film being shot had the working title ‘A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn.’ Acording to an ad for extras, the film is a ‘love story about a special tree, and a small town in Colorado.’ Filming centred on the Wallace Street area of Hope, as well as outside and inside several local businesses including the Cat’s Meow Toy Store, Hope Mountain Cafe, the Kingpin Lounge and Kimchi Restaurant.

The production advertised for local people to do background acting, also known as extra work, during the 11 days of production.

The film shoot is one of many which have begun in earnest after a near-industry wide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. In early June, as B.C. announced phase three of its restart plan, the industry was given the go ahead to restart productions. Guidelines from WorkSafeBC were produced mandating safety plans and physical distancing, as well as ecouraging several parts of the production process to be done remotely (such as casting and location scouting).

Read more: B.C. film industry given go-ahead to restart productions halted due to COVID-19

All crew on the Hope film set wore masks, as did cast when not in the middle of shooting a scene, and safety signage and sanitizing bottles could be seen on the film set.

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