Scene shot outside Randy Herman Community Safety Building part of episode nine in season 11. (Phil Melnychuk/THE NEWS)

Maple Ridge becomes the mysterious haunt of the X-Files

Stars of sci-fi series show up in Memorial Peace Park

Maple Ridge became entangled into the mysterious X-Files world Monday as the series took over downtown for shooting of the ninth episode of the 2018 season for the sci-fi series.

Smoke generators, booms, lights and police cars crowded into Memorial Peace Park for most of the day. The afternoon featured a police car scene that ran along from the park to McIntosh Avenue, then down 223rd Street. Scenes were also shot in front of the Randy Herman Community Safety Building and in The Ridge Studios with lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in town for the taping.

The episode marks the return of a major film production following the temporary moratorium this fall on filming in the downtown.

Maple Ridge stopped filming in September and October so it could find ways to accommodate the industry without inconveniencing shoppers and businesses.

City film production liaision officer Marg Johnson said one of the steps that have been taken is using a film site liaison who’s hired by movie production companies to inform businesses what film crews have in mind when they arrive downtown.

That seems to be working well, she added.

“That’s something we just implemented.”

At the same time as X-Files was underway, another film, Cooking with Love, was being shot in Chameleon Restaurant just metres away.

Crews seemed to be able to keep out of each other’s way, Johnson added.

“It really went well. We had a lot of positive feedback.”

The X-Files shoot on Monday required six Ridge Meadows RCMP for traffic control. About 50 production assistants lined the streets along with traffic control people.

X-Files location manager Jendrek Kowalski said they’re at the end of the season 11 and were shooting episode nine.

“We’ve been all over the place really.”

Scenes in Vancouver stood in for other parts of the U.S.

Maple Ridge doubled for the fictional town of Eastwood, Conn.

“All of the crew and the producers were very happy with the look. The town looked great. We wanted to have a small-town feel so that’s why we came to Maple Ridge.”

The shooting schedule for next season hasn’t been determined.

Kowalski said he’s done several films in Maple Ridge.

“It was a great experience. I hope everybody in Maple Ridge had a great experience having us there.

“And everything looked fantastic [on film] from what I’ve heard from my producers.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Lead actor David Duchovny got pulled into Ridge-MRCMP’s Christmas elf program. (Ridge Meadows RCMP)

Just Posted

Cloverdale automobile shop offers to pick up, service, and drop off vehicles

Surrey’s Visscher-Pau Automotive starts ‘Blue Glove’ valet service — will cover Cloverdale, Langley, Newton, Fleetwood, and Hazelmere

White Rock brewery turns up the (alcohol by) volume in COVID-19 fight

3 Dogs Brewing is making hand sanitizer for frontline workers, general public

Surrey RCMP looking for ‘distraction theft’ suspect

Suspect allegedly tried to swipe a man’s necklace while giving him a hug

1,000 food hampers packed for delivery to students of Surrey’s inner-city schools

City Dream Centre-led initiative involved volunteer effort at Horizon Church in Newton

Surrey councillor wants property taxes deferred to December

Linda Annis is expected to present notice of motion to that effect at April 6 “virtual” council meeting

Here’s how to talk to people who aren’t taking physical distancing seriously

Approach the conversation with empathy says conflict expert

Fraser Valley auto sound business starts producing face shields

Certified Auto Sound & Security is doing what it can to help frontline healthcare workers.

B.C. clears more acute hospital beds as COVID-19 case growth slows

Province holding about 40% of beds empty for peak still to come

As 500K+ apply for emergency benefit, Trudeau says aid coming for Canadians left behind

Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides $2,000 per month

Wearing non-medical masks can stop spread of COVID-19 before symptoms start: Tam

Health officials had previously not recommended wearing them

UPDATE: UK PM Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worse

He has been quarantined in his Downing St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26

Travellers, travel agents ‘in agony’ over refund policies and customer service

Many Canadian carriers are offering customers flights rebookings or travel vouchers — but not refunds

Introverted and extroverted kids likely to react differently to COVID-19 restrictions

B.C. child psychologist says your parenting approach can’t be one-size fits all in social isolation

Most Read