According to industry experts, The Last Of Us TV show will generate over 200 million dollars in revenue for Alberta. The show was shot entirely in our province and has showcased the Alberta Legislature, the Lethbridge High Level Bridge and the historic Fort Macleod downtown area.
A University of Lethbridge alumna Lindsey Kapitzke was able to work hands on during the making of the show as a costume buyer for the actors. She explained the interesting things she did to make each character shine.
“I would meet with the design team and we would kind of discuss the script and the characters that were involved and things like that, and how we wanted to bring them to life through their wardrobe. The design team had a lot of access to the concept art from the game, so we were able to pull from that heavily, which was very valuable to us. And then once we kind of had discussed the characters and things like that, the design team would kind of give us a list of things that they were looking for. And then me and the rest of the buying team would go out into Calgary to source whatever we could locally. Obviously there would be some things that we would need to buy internationally and source online.”
Kapitzke told us she even bought a pair of Uggs for guest star Nick Offerman, “So when they’re not directly filming their scenes they have items that they can put on if their boots are uncomfortable or whatever. I purchased track suits for him and Murray Bartlett to wear around either over their costumes or just things to make these actors who normally live in Australia or L.A. or various other warmer parts of the world, just so they’re not freezing all of the time.”
Kapitzke says the film industry is booming in Alberta and hundreds of Albertans were employed for The Last of Us.
“That’s money going into the economy. It gave me a stable enough income so that I could start saving up a down deposit to buy a house.”