Film Crew Returns to Campus Monday

October 24, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

A production company that filmed a new television series at the University of Guelph in 2006 is returning to campus Oct. 27 to 30 to gather new footage for use in the show.

Most of the filming will take place along Alumni Walk and Reynolds Walk and outside of the University Centre near Branion Plaza, War Memorial Hall, Johnston Hall and Johnston Green, the Bovey greenhouses and Macdonald Hall.

Trucks and trailers that supply hydro and other essential services to the film crew will be parked in P23, the parking lot near the textile building and Macdonald Hall all four days, which will result in a section of the parking lot being closed.

In addition, a “base camp” of about 10 tractor-trailers will be set up in P13, the parking lot east of the Eccles Centre and South Residences. Actors and film crew will be driving to and from various shooting locations on campus in golf carts.

The film production company is looking for university-age people to work as extras. Interested people should email Roisin McGilly at

The series, called The Best Years, is a one-hour drama that aired on CHTV in Canada and on The N, a cable network channel in the United States. The N is owned by Viacom Inc., which runs more than 120 networks around the world, including MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, CMT and Spike TV.

The Best Years follows a 19-year-old orphan, Samantha Best, to university and chronicles the social, educational and personal challenges she and her friends face. The series is set in Boston, with Guelph’s walkways and buildings appearing on the small screen as the fictitious Charles University.

All revenues the University receives from location fees paid by the TV production company will be used to benefit students and the campus, ranging from supporting residential programs to dealing with deferred maintenance and making improvements to parking lots.

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