The first film produced at the studio, “Murder At Yellowstone City,” will be released in theaters and on demand on June 24.
PARADISE VALLEY, MONTANA, USA, June 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Were you a fan of Yellowstone for its breathtaking scenes and backgrounds? Step into the real deal Yellowstone Film Ranch, a new production studio located in the heart of Paradise Valley, Montana, with sets along the beautiful mountain for a dramatic western, attracting all types of film, television and commercial production due of new Montana tax incentives. The first film produced at the studio, “Murder At Yellowstone City,” will be released in theaters and on demand on June 24.
Richard Gray, Carter Boehm, Colin Davis are the founders of the company which also pushed through the Montana Economic Industry Advancement Act, or MEDIA Act, providing huge tax breaks to productions that hire local Montanese to work on films.
Gray says, “A lot of Montana movie and TV storylines were filmed in Canada, Utah, or New Mexico. With the new wave of “Westerns”, there were enough productions to justify another localization option. Today, more and more filmmakers are looking to Montana as a place to bring their productions, largely because of the Montana Economic Industry Advancement Act, or MEDIA Act, signed into law last year. .
The new bill has helped generate nearly $48 million in the state, according to a recent study by the Montana Department of Commerce. The ranch was completed in June 2020, with a wave of westerns filming there in 2021, including the first western “Murder at Emigrant Gulch” by Gray and “The Old Way” by Nicholas Cage.
Located behind the Chico Hot Springs Resort near Livingston, Yellowstone is an exciting project for partners Colin Davis, Richard Gray and Carter Boehm because of their love of filmmaking which got them thinking – why isn’t there more movies shot in Montana? The three partners helped rally support for the passage of the MEDIA Act to not only attract Hollywood to Montana, but also to generate money in the local economy. On top of that, Montana has no sales tax.
They designed a “movie-friendly” town, with the Chico Hot Springs Resort just steps from the set. The west backlot is inspired by a late 1800s gold rush town that uses five fully functional interior/exterior sets with support buildings and facades to create the look of 28 unique structures located on the middle of hills with a backdrop of glacial peaks. Additional sets include a native camp, a farm, and several cabins.
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The Yellowstone Film Ranch story began with Richard Gray looking for a location to shoot an upcoming project, “Broken Ghost”. With an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” featuring the quaint western town of Livingston, Montana, Gray headed to Montana.
Following the passage of the MEDIA Act, Boehm and Gray decided that if they built a Western town set, it could also become a studio for future productions. Davis suggested building the town right in Chico’s backyard, which made a lot of sense for the productions with the location and accommodations! The ranch was completed in June 2020. Yellowstone Film Ranch’s mission is to be the point of contact for Montana’s burgeoning film industry. Combine full production services, western city, location services and maximize Montana tax credit value.
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