'Step Dogs' one of last being filmed in Saskatchewan using tax credit

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REGINA - It's among the last films being made using a tax credit in Saskatchewan, and the producer of "Step Dogs" says it's bittersweet.

Trilight Entertainment is working near downtown Regina to film what Holly Baird describes as a kids' comedy, a sort of home-alone-type movie.

"Two robbers just trying to break in to steal a diamond, and the dogs are actually trying to stop them from breaking into the house."

The movie is the second in 10 planned kids movies for Trilight Entertainment. The first, "Vampire Dog," was filmed in Regina last summer.

While the movie might not blow off the doors at theatre, it's already getting some buzz because it's one of the last that will get to use the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit.

The province cut the credit in March. The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce said at the time the province kicked the film industry out at the knees by doing so.

The chamber and Sask Film released a study that says the credit had a net cost of $1.3 million to the province, but those film projects generated about $44.5 million in economic spinoffs.

"This potentially could be the last time I'm working with all these friends that are basically a family to me," Baird said.

She was surprised that she was able to assemble the same team again, with many in the film industry already leaving for greener pastures in different provinces. But Baird said many were willing to come back to work on this project.

Trilight Entertainment is moving to Alberta. It's not a move Baird says she wants to make, as she's lived in Saskatchewan since she was five and considers it home.

"I went to university here, I chose to live here, so when you're actually being forced to move instead of making that decision yourself, it's a little hard."

(CJME)

Organizations: Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, REGINA, Alberta

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