Famous Hollywood Movie Productions in Wyoming

Famous Hollywood Movie Productions in Wyoming

Wyoming is a state in the mountainous area of the western United States with Cheyenne as its capital. It is the tenth largest by area and one of the least populated states in the Untied States.

Wyoming And Hollywood

Wyoming remains a central location to many famous Hollywood scripts and films about Wyoming. With its well-known history of cattle ranches, Wyoming has directed several popular films. In fact, the age of Hollywood westerns went to Wyoming for its idealised landscapes and infamous images of cowboys and cattle. Due to the numerous Wyoming movie productions,[1] cowboy boots and stetson hats became the stereotype for the citizens of Wyoming in the eyes of society, and with Hollywood movies, John Wayne, Charlton Heston and Kenny Rogers, Wyoming is shown as the western state of outlaws, cowboys and vigilantes.

Famous Movie Productions In Wyoming

Normally, you would not think of Wyoming as a source of big budget movies from Hollywood.[2] However, you might be surprised how many legendary films have been recorded, or is based on our great country.

When you think of Wyoming, in general, you don’t usually think of Hollywood. However, Wyoming is a place of many successful films. Of course, many of them westerns, but also other kinds of movies are filmed in this area also.


Here is a list of famous movies that were filmed in this attractive state.

1. Brokeback Mountain

This is a 2005 romantic drama directed by Ang Lee and producer Diana Ossana and James Schamus. Adapted from the novel by Annie Proulx in 1997, the script was written by Larry McMurtry and Ossana. Brokeback Mountain was established in Wyoming.

2. The Outlaw Josey Wales

It’s the American revisionist western deluxe colour and panavision film set in 1976 during and after the Civil War. Some of the scenes were filmed in remote parts of Wyoming.

3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

It is a science fiction film written and directed in 1977 by Steven Spielberg, starring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban and Cary Guffey.


Talk about Roy Neary (character in the movie), a white collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after meeting with an unidentified flying object (UFO). Several scenes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind were filmed near Devils Tower, outside Moorcroft.

4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture

It is a science fiction film released in 1979 by Paramount Pictures. Some of the scenes were filmed in Wyoming

5. Every Which Way But Loose

It is an American comedy from 1978. The film follows Clint Eastwood around the country and was recorded in several countries, including California, Colorado and in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

6. Rocky IV

This is an American drama film written in 1985, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film’s co-stars include Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl weather, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen and Michael Pataki. Rocky IV  remained in the sport’s biggest hit movie for many years. This is the fourth and biggest financial success in a series of Rocky movies. Areas near Grand Teton National Park have been used as a setting for frozen Russian landscape when Rocky went to the Soviet Union to fight against Ivan Drago.


7. Nebraska

This is an American film in black and white, directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. Stars include Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb and Bob Odenkirk. The film follows a resident of Montana and his son trying to win the lottery prize of one million dollars for the long trip to Nebraska. Several scenes of American Nebraska were shot in Buffalo.

8. Django Unchained

This is an American film in 2012 western. Established in the wild west and Antebellum south, it is a very stylized variation of spaghetti westerns, and gives recognition to the 1966 Italian film, Django, by Sergio Corbucci, by having the Django star, Franco Nero make a cameo. Grand Tetons were used as a backdrop to the western film, Django Unchained.

9. Flicka

It’s a family adventure drama 2006 British-American film loosely based on the 1941 novel, My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’Hara. The film was directed by Michael Mayer and written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal. The film also includes Maria Bello, Ryan Kwanten and country singer, Tim McGraw, who was also the executive producer on the soundtrack album. Some parts of the film were shot in Sheridan.

10. Shane

This is an American film in the 1953, known for the landscapes, film editing, performance and contribution to the genre. The film is produced and directed by George Stevens; the screenplay was written by Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr., and is based on 1949 novel by Jack Schaefer. The film was shot in Jackson Hole.


11. Starship Troopers

It’s an action American military satirical (1997) directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier. Parts of Starship Troopers was shot around the canyons Half Acre Hell.

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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