A romantic comedy, dubbed “Hot in Love,” was being filmed at Mission Fire Station No. 1, earlier this week.
The movie is being produced by an independent Canadian company, and stars Devon Alexander, Tegan Moss, Chris Russell and Loretta Walsh.
Writer and director Christie Will said the movie revolves around a local firefighter’s effort to raise money for a playground, and highlights first responders putting their lives on the line.
“We really leaned into that,” Will said. “The firefighters here have been so amazing to work with us on this. So has the city of Mission, so we’re really thankful they came on board.”
She described Mission as a beautiful place to film, and said not a lot of directors are utilizing its potential because of the distance from Vancouver.
After five weeks of writing, three to four weeks of preparation and three weeks of shoots, the production is nearing its end. It will likely be broadcast over Labour Day Weekend, Will said.
Half the film was shot in Mission, while the other half was shot in Langley. Will said she prefers working in Mission.
“Everybody in the city has been so accommodating to us and they’ve really welcomed film,” Will said.
“The community is just much easier to work with, and much more friendly than other neighbourhoods.”
She said they try to include shots of local businesses where it’s possible.
Will said the film industry is doing better than it’s ever done, even amid the pandemic.
“I think that’s pretty cool, something to say about local production.”