The Calgary Ghostbusters meet, well…the real Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters 3 has been filming in and around Calgary since July

Dan Aykroyd popped out of filming Ghostbusters 3 in Crossfield for a quick picture. Photo Courtesy of Calgary Ghostbusters.

Who you gonna call?

Well, it wasn’t one of the members of the Calgary Ghostbusters after snapping pics with Dan Aykroyd – one of the original stars of Ghostbusters.

One member, Jessica Smith, was so overwhelmed in the moment she couldn’t even look at the picture she took on her phone.

“Her hands were shaking so much,” said Candace Schneider, co-founder of The Calgary Ghostbusters. 

“We had to help her open up her phone so we could see the picture.”

Filming of Ghostbusters 3 got underway in the Calgary area in July, and is expected to finish up in October. It stars some big Hollywood names like Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard, and pay tribute to Ghostbuster legend Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler. 

Last week, the crew was filming in Crossfield. The Calgary Ghostbusters were also in town to drop off a donation to Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Shelter.

“We knew the Ghostbusters movie was filming there, but we didn’t want to be stalker-ish or anything. So we just wanted to walk by the set and see if we could grab a quick glimpse of anything,” Schneider said.

That’s when the crowd gathered outside the set started taking pictures with the group. 

Ghostbusters in Calgary: ‘A crazy moment’

“…and then Jason Reitman came out who is directing the movie. (His father) did Ghostbusters 1 and 2 and (Jason) took some pictures with us and talked to the crowd. He was very, very nice – and then half an hour later Dan Aykroyd came out,”  said Schneider.

“It was crazy. I never met Dan Aykroyd. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some other people who have been in Ghostbusters, but I have never met Dan Aykroyd – so it was a crazy moment.”

Once word spread the Calgary Ghostbusters were just outside set, some of the crew working on the film popped out to chat with the group and buy specialty patches off them. Calgary Ghostbusters then donated the money back to Tails to Tell. 

Ghostbusters fans for life

Schneider says the group has been Ghostbusters fans for most of their lives. When they learned the next film in the franchise was to be shot in Alberta – they were ecstatic.

“We’re just a group of Ghostbuster fans who dress up and then do nice things for the community,” said Schneider.

“It’s just really exciting when we found out the news back in March – all of us couldn’t be more thrilled it’s being shot right in our backyard.”

The film, directed by Jason Reitman, has a scheduled release date of July 2020.

Editors Note: Jason Reitman is directing Ghostbusters 3. His father, Ivan Reitman, directed the first two.

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