Various documentaries, commercials, industrial & feature films, and television work have ties to Lawton, Fort Sill, and surrounding area.
From research to pre-release screenings here are but a few of the various projects.
"ReCreating America", InCA Productions
Ken Burns documentary "The Way West" and
"Baseball" which aired on the PBS network.
Discovery Channel Canada, Red Apple, Denmark's Paul Eric Eilbuth, and projects for Discovery channels, BBC, A&E, & American Experience
"Blazing Saddles", Mel Brooks was stationed at Fort Sill, Source Yahoo Movies, Article by Adam Pockross, May 7, 2014, Excerpt of Mel Brooks Quote: "When I enlisted in the Army, I was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, near the wonderful town of Lawton, Oklahoma. I think I get a lot of "Blazing Saddles" from Lawton, Oklahoma. It was an artillery base, Fort Sill. It was called Field Artillery Replacement Training Center. Put that together and you got farts. And it just stuck in my head, and I thought I never could find a place for it. Then when I had this cowboy story, with beans and tin plates, I said, "OK, we can let it go."" Yahoo Movies, Link to full story
"In the Valley of Elah", location scouting
Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto", Pre-release screening
Sound Crews for "War of the Worlds" & "Saving Private Ryan" (Academy Award for Sound)
"Dances with Wolves" - Pre-production research
"In the Army Now" - Filmed on Fort Sill
Best Read Blind’s production of PBS show “What it Takes”
ABC's, "Extreme Makeover Home Edition"
"Prison Break", location scouting
Size It Up Productions for Discovery Channel
PBS National Productions
Digital Ranch for History Channel
Military Snapshot for Capitol Media Group
"Lazarus Rising", Los Angeles based Screenwriter/producer Larissa FastHorse, Executive Producer Mark E. Lee and editor/camera operator Larry Milburn worked on the trailer. Larissa FastHorse selected Tvli Jacob and Steven Judd as Directors with Restless Natives Production Company of Oklahoma. The short trailer of her feature script was created for possible investors. The shoot was funded by National Geographic All Roads Seed Grant, and the script was developed with the Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation. Press Release
Marthe Thorshaug, Norwegian, "Comancheria"
Blue Sky Productions, Tulsa
Various local productions
Cameron University Student Films
"North of Austin/West of Nashville: Red Dirt Music” The musicians/songwriters speak openly, honestly and passionately about this unique musical form born in the heartland of the southern plains. Free of the over-polished and superficial influences of today’s music marketers, these artists live the stories that they sing about while remaining true to themselves. Features interviews with Amy Hughes and the Dirty Seven, Bob Childers, Brandon Jenkins, Brandon Rhyder, Casey Pilgreen, Clint Osmus of the Paul Daniels Band, Cory Morrow, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Frank Jackson with Smith Music Group, Jackson Taylor, Jim Nash with 106.9, The Ranch, Johnny Cooper, Kyle Hunt Band, No Justice, Randy Crouch, Red Dirt Rangers, Roger Creagar, Stoney Larue, & Wade Bowen. The documentary was an Official Selection at the Trail Dance Film Festival and received the Best Student Documentary Award, Barebones Film Festival (2007, 1 hour, 7 min)
“Unbreakabull” An investigation of the bull breeding industry in Oklahoma - This documentary focuses on the art and science of bull breeding and specifically examines the question: Have the bulls been out-bred of the cowboys? It features interviews with such notable people as 2005 #1 PBR Stock Contractors H. D. and Dillion Page, PBR announcer Justin McKee, and top ranked PBR Bull Rider Cody Whitney. This film won the 2007 Trail Dance Film Festival Audience Choice Award and the 2006 OK Broadcast Educators Association’s 3rd Place for TV & Serials (2006, 26 min)
“Saddle Up” Howard Council, in the 1940’s began making custom leather belts. Things changed when a friend brought in a saddle for repair asking, do you think you could make a saddle? Since that time, Mr Council’s work has become recognized as the “Roll Royce” of saddles. His saddles are characterized by not only the quality but also more importantly his engineered fit of saddle to both the rider and the horse. Customers on his “list” include George Strait, Roy Cooper, Eight time World Calf-Roping Champion, Cody Ohl, Current World Calf-Roping Champion and many others. This film won the 2005 Oklahoma Broadcast Educators Association’s 3rd Place for TV & Serials (2005, 25 min)