Making Movies

Red Lodge is the place
Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter
Thursday, October 25, 2018
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Photo by Nancy Hossfeld
(Left to right) Kevin Puett, JoDon Phillips, and Bruce South make time fade away to an earlier day. Surely, these are the good guys rounding up a posse!

This summer has been another opportunity to discover Red Lodge. This time, the subject is cowboy movie making. Red Lodge was, is and always will be a great place to film for authenticity. From the earliest days of film, scouts have known Red Lodge as a great locale with built in atmosphere, fabulous mountain vistas and a real Old West town. Even Hemingway, noted its value as he trekked on horseback up the pass. 

Aaron Priest, of Red Lodge, directed a film here this summer and used a host of extras. 

Bruce South, of Red Lodge, who played a cowboy extra said, “It’s interesting to watch how they set up shots. You do the same thing but the camera are set up from different angles. You do spend some time waiting for the scenes to get set up, but you just visit with the other extras.”

South noted, “You get to see a different side of a movie. There is a lot of work to shoot a scene that might last only a minute or two but can take hours. I knew quite a few of the extras so it was fun visiting!”

Funny thing, you can’t make a cowboy movie in Red Lodge and automatically know who are the extras-they all look like the real horsemen and stars they are-at least to us. Not one to give away the plot until the film’s release, Priest says stay tuned for movie updates!