Ryan Hofer Interview

(4-16-18) Just like any high school sports movies based on true stories, The Miracle Season has a lot of inside details behind the scenes  that fans of those type of movies love to know about.

The movie is based on a story out of Iowa, but the filming was done in Vancouver, BC, Canada. While other notable high school movies like Hoosiers and the Final Season were filmed at those locations or near where the actual story took place.

Shooting locations-

  • Killarney Secondary School near East 49th Avenue & Kerr Street (Vancouver)
  • Britannia Secondary School (Vancouver)
  • Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena at University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • John Oliver Secondary School at 41st Avenue and Fraser Street (Vancouver)
  • Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church near 41st Avenue & Mackenzie Street (Vancouver)
  • 843 248th Street (Langley)

The making of the movie featured many extras, most of them came from the Vancouver area.

One Canadian University, Trinity Western, had four of its players and its Head Coach Ryan Hofer (listen to his insight above into the shooting and his thoughts about the movie) a part of the action scenes that made the movie successful.

Jessica Bailey.jpg

One of the high-profile extras, who was on the Iowa West team, is Jessica Bailey.  Bailey, who did not have a speaking part, was in many of the action scenes during the film.

What many folks don’t know about her, she was a 2017 finalist for the Miss (Universe) Canada pageant.

Alexis Jonker, Katelyn Devaney and Rowyn Neufeld
Alexis Jonker, Katelyn Devaney and Rowyn Neufeld

These three TWU players can be spotted during the action scenes.

Facts of Interest:

Why film in Vancouver?


Film & TV productions can take advantage of government tax credit incentives such as the:

  • British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit which offers Canadian, or international film and TV production companies with a permanent establishment in BC, a 28 per cent refundable tax credit on eligible labor costs.
  • Film Incentive BC Tax Credit – a labor-based tax incentive offering a refundable tax credit of 35 per cent to Canadian-controlled production companies
  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax CreditProvided by the Government of Canada, it offers a credit of 25 per cent of qualified labor to Canadian-controlled production companies, with a credit of 16 per cent of qualified labor costs to Canadian­ controlled production companies and those with a permanent establishment in Canada.
  • BC Digital Animation or Visual Effects (DAVE) provides a tax credit of 16% on qualifying labour costs to production companies employing BC talent for post-production and sound.

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Vancover is #2 according to Movie Maker Magazine:

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