‘1883’ Seeks To Bring Authenticity While Filming In Texas, Community Members React To Filming

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GUTHRIE, Texas — In a town where horses graze the pasture, a cafe operates, and the 6666 Ranch and Supply House exists, Hollywood magic happened for the filming of the “Yellowstone” prequel, “1883,” in Guthrie .

In the past two weeks, less than 300 King County residents in the area have adjusted to small-town life with actors, stunt performers and production crews taking up temporary residence in an RV park. cars created only for the board closed in the middle. by Guthrie.

KFOR Sister-station’s KAMC, KLBK and EverythingLubbock.com reached out to local business owners and Guthrie ISD Superintendent to get their feedback on what life is like adjusting to Hollywood actors coming to town.

Additionally, the team at KAMC, KLBK and EverythingLubbock.com was able to get an exclusive interview with Vince Valdez, who is a production assistant with the “1883” production and grew up in Lubbock.

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When asked what it was like to come back to West Texas for filming, Valdez said it was surreal.

“Coming back to West Texas has been an honor,” he said. “It was really cool because we flew a charter plane with the cast and crew. So to come home on a charter flight to see not only my family but to finish the movie, that was pretty awesome.

“1883” is a period piece and prequel to the “Yellowstone” series that spotlights the region of West Texas – where the journey begins from Texas to Montana.

Valdez said there was a journey in every family that viewers could relate to.

“The focus is on authenticity when it comes to dress, wardrobe and costumes,” Valdez said. “You cannot duplicate this location. As everyone knows Ranch 6666 is historic.

While Valdez said he was thrilled to see how viewers reacted to the prequel series, the residents of Guthrie also reacted to the filming location in their small town.

Co Farm Cafe.

Farmhouse Coffee Co. owner Amber Long said she opened her cafe Nov. 11, just in time to serve crew members with the film.

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“That’s pretty cool,” Long said. “We are so small and not much happens here. Many of us came to the store, and they were more than courteous. We appreciated.

She said no Hollywood stars appeared, but stunt doubles, horse wrestlers and crew members stopped for early morning coffee before filming began each day.

Although she hasn’t watched “Yellowstone” yet, Long said she was excited to see the prequel.

Becky Taylor, the owner of Ranch Gals Goodies, sells pastries at the cafe. She said she always wanted to start a baking business and wanted to give people something different when they came for coffee.

Taylor makes different types of brownies, homemade bread and spicy crackers. Plus, she said the cowboy bar was one of her bestsellers, made with chocolate chips, butterscotch, vanilla, and coconut.

“I’m not a fancy baker,” Taylor added. “I don’t make fancy cakes or cookies or anything.”

As an avid “Yellowstone” viewer, Taylor said she was thrilled to see a show that portrayed a real cowboy.

“It’s nice to see real people portrayed properly,” she said.

Guthrie’s ISD

Guthrie ISD Superintendent Jodie Reel said he has lived in King County for 10 years.

“There’s a lot more traffic in town than normal,” he said.

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Reel said the RV park trailers, set up exclusively for the cast and crew, arrived overnight nearly three weeks ago.

“The population more than doubled overnight,” he said.

Although the RV park is within sight of Guthrie ISD, Reel said it is repositioned every day so no one can see what is going on.

Asked by KAMC what it’s like to see a Hollywood production filmed in Guthrie, Reel said it was a good opportunity to see what’s going on in the cinema.

“The beauty we see every day,” he said, “we take for granted. For those folks, waking up in the new RV park must have been pretty spectacular, in my opinion.

While it’s a great opportunity for residents as filming progresses for “1883,” Reel said he hopes it “won’t change much of our world while showing it outward at the same time.” .

Reel predicted that residents would see crews and traffic would continue, as filming at 6666 Ranch brought people into town to purchase 6666 merchandise.

He said raising his teenage son in Guthrie was the best place to raise a young man.

“The quality of the community is largely reflected in the cowboy culture,” Reel said. “If it happens in ‘1883,’ they’ve got that performance done.”

“1883” premiered on Sunday Paramount+, and it wasn’t immediately clear when Episode 6666 Ranch would air at the time of this article’s publication.

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