Kamloops eyed for TV series
If Shayne Turner has his way, downtown Kamloops will see plenty of action next month.
The Heffley Creek-based actor, producer and director plans to use several locations to shoot a trailer for Dark Moments, a television series he hopes to shoot in Kamloops.
The series, which Turner says will have 60 episodes, hasn’t been picked up by any network yet and he’s still working on financing.
Turner’s got a track record in the business, having produced and directed “B” Brothers’ Blues, which was carried on CFJC, Bravo and Book television channels, and acted in movies including The Andromeda Strain, The ‘A’ Team and Battlestar Galactica.
While he has a background in journalism, Turner said the plot — a big-media photojournalist moves to a small paper in Kamloops to get out of the limelight — isn’t autobiographical.
The title describes the overriding theme of the series, Turner said.
In trying to escape chaos and have a calmer life, the journalist starts to cover the disappearance of a Kamloops teenager — and encounters military operations, biological warfare, bikers and a host of other characters and scenarios that all create dark moments.
It’s not all dark, though, Turner said while taking a break from a pre-production meeting at The Grind downtown.
There are happy and funny moments as well — but the overriding plot device is action and drama.
Turner is using product placement as a pitch to local businesses to help raise money for the series.
He and production manager Kelly Aulin are approaching local businesses, offering them a minimum of 10 seconds of showcasing within the production for $1,000.
Turner said he’s had a few businesses sign on so far.
Dark Moments will have a complete Kamloops and area look, Turner said, from downtown buildings to the airport and the lookout near Tobiano.
And, essential to the genre, every episode of the planned five-year run will have a twist just before the closing credits roll.
Businesses interested in the proposal can call Turner at 250-578-7074 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.