The series is called “The Fairfield Boys” and we are bringing the great American western to Oregon!
In the backwoods of the old west, two brother outlaws (The Fairfield Boys), are hunted by a skilled bounty hunter out for his own kind of justice. Inescapably the brother’s lives are intertwined with two unsuspecting runaways, changing all of their lives forever. From the rights and the wrongs, to the twists and the turns, they discover the bonds of family among thieves in this five part mini-series set in the old west. Filmed entirely against the scenic Oregon landscape.
Some of the best westerns made were mini series. Take Lonesome Dove and Larry McMurtry’s further series Streets of Laredo, Dead Man’s Walk and Comanche Moon. Then there were the History Channels popular Hatfields & McCoys and Texas Rising. Of course there have been countless westerns throughout the years, ranging from the black and white Roy Rogers and Errol Flynn movies to today’s Dances With Wolves, Hostiles and The Magnificent Seven (remake of the original). Of course I would be remiss if I did not include John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. All of these are shot against beautiful landscapes and are full of thrilling adventure and stories of survival, during a time that was rough and gritty. What better place to film a western than right here in Oregon (home to the Oregon Trail)? Why not tell a gritty story of survival, hope, redemption and love?
Oregon is the perfect place to make a film! We want the scenic backdrops of Oregon to serve as a character in our film. Just as the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies used the sprawling landscapes of New Zealand as a character in their storytelling, we are looking to do the same here. We start by filming our first episode on owned property, that we have been granted permission to use, in Cottage Grove Oregon. Cottage Grove already has a name in the film industry, being the place that Buster Keaton’s The General was filmed. Other recent films that have utilized locations in Cottage Grove include Stand By Me, Animal House and Emperor of the North. Oregon has also been named one of the best places to live and work as a moviemaker.
The series is set around the mid to late 1860’s. During this period of time there was an influx of settlers to the Pacific Northwest due to the Donation Land Claim Act of 1850, a federal statute enacted by the Congress of the United States to promote homestead settlement in the Oregon Territory. It permitted settlers on unsurveyed lands to select claims without regard to legal subdivisions. This is where our outlaw brother’s have gotten a name for themselves by robbing the influx of settlers. Now being that it is a period piece we will be looking to match details in props and costumes of the time period, to add authenticity to the production.
To break things down… Our first 2 episodes will be filmed in and around Cottage Grove, Oregon. We will use talent from the area as well as Southern Oregon. Our goal is to provide Oregon based artists with jobs for 2 and 1/2 years. We look at this series as a business endeavor. Here is a link to local Cottage Grove newspaper The Sentinel for a more in depth look: https://cgsentinel.com/article/the-grove-backdrop-for-new-mini-series
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