Pill commercial brings business boost to Ucluelet

Ucluelet business got a welcome boost this week from the commercial industry as camera crews came to town to film a Viagra commercial.

That’s an influx of 50-plus camera, grip and director types for several days.

Departing out of the Ucluelet fuel dock, the crews captured the thrill of a man’s return from the sea to the arms of his wife.

Tammy Shymko is the Tofinobased location scout who helped make it happen. For confidentiality reasons, she would not personally confirm the topic of the commercial.

Ucluelet was chosen “basically, because it has the character of an old-school, still-working Alaskan fishing village,” Shymko said.

“It’s been great, it’s been awesome – it’s always a pleasure being here,” she said.

Formerly a Squamish-based location scout, Shymko has been helping commercial and movie crews film on the West Coast since she moved here.

She worked on Superman and Twilight, both which shot film in Ucluelet.

It’s not the first time Ucluelet has been the backdrop for manlyman commercials. Gillette razors shot a commercial here.

“Fishermen are sellable items on big boats .. they have to have a big boat catching something – and that’s Ukee’s thing,” she said.

The picturesque Long Beach Golf Course has also been the site of commercial work.

The results are a shot in the arm for business here.

The crew took as many rooms as they could get at the Black Rock (since there was a wedding in town), with overflow staying at several sites in town.

Solidarity Snacks got the catering contract, and countless coffee drinkers have wafted in and out of local coffee joints.

Ukee Rentals, Jamie’s and Subtidal Adventures got some work, and even the Co-op got hundreds of bucks worth of craft service business each day, Shymko said.

editor@westerlynews.ca

Just Posted

“Intense” storms coming to Tofino and Ucluelet this week

“If you are near the water, it is important to be ‘Coastsmart,’ by staying above the high tide.”

Tofino and Ucluelet ready to clean Kennedy Lake

“You don’t want people to start thinking that this is a dumping ground.”

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Tofino waits for new library

No immediate plans for end to library limbo.

West Coast Multiplex Society responds to survey results

“We’re actually very excited.”

B.C. boy denied $19,000-per-month drug to ease ‘crippling pain’ for 3rd time

Sooke mom Jillian Lanthier says son Landen Alexa has been forgotten about by Premier John Horgan

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

Premier offers condolences to family of boy, 15, killed in Vancouver crossfire

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Ex-BC Liberal staffer focused on ‘favourable’ ethnic communities in scandal: lawyer

Former communications director Brian Bonney’s sentencing hearing for breach of trust is underway

Island passengers say Sunwing left them stranded in Abbotsford

Company says late arrival led to difficulties securing accommodation, transportation

Most Read