GREAT FALLS — There will be an online casting call for people interested in being cast in the fifth season of the Paramount Network series “Yellowstone."
Filming will be in the Darby, Hamilton, and Missoula areas. The casting call is open to men and women of all ethnicities, ages nine and older.
People selected to work on the project as extras will be paid. Shooting will begin in May, and they plan to hire people to work as extras on the series through December.
A news release from the casting agency provides this overview of the show:
Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park.
Casting directors Kelly Hunt and Tracy Dixon said in an email that if you would like to apply, submit via email one - and preferably two - best individual photos (no family photos). Include your height, weight, and clothing sizes, best phone number to reach you at, and what city and state you live in.
The casting agency noted that strict Covid protocols are in place for all filming activities on “Yellowstone” and Montana extras will be required to abide by stringent health and safety practices, including no-cost pre-employment Covid-19 testing and social distancing etiquette before and during filming days.
The Montana Bureau of Bureau of Business & Economic Research at the University of Motnana says that the fourth season of “Yellowstone” brought more than $70 million in additional spending to the state.
The study found that because of “Yellowstone,” there were:
- 527 permanent jobs in the state, not including the 624 Montana residents who were employed during filming as extras.
- $25.3 million in annual personal income for Montana households.
- $85.8 million in additional gross receipts for Montana businesses and non-business organizations.
Additionally, annual revenues of state government were higher by $10.6 million, according to BBER director Patrick Barkey.
Barkey said in a news release: “The production activities of ‘Yellowstone’ season four in Montana supported jobs and income well in excess of its own economic footprint, making Montana’s economy larger and more prosperous than it otherwise would have been,” Barkey said. “The high-paying nature of the production-related jobs, and the considerable demand for locally produced goods and services, are the main reasons why the economic impacts were so sizable.”
The report found that Montana has experienced growth in television and film in the last 10 years, with 122 productions filmed in 2019. Some of those films qualified for tax credit. More than 30 states, including Montana, currently offer some form of tax credit, often transferrable, to studios in return for locating activities within their states.
During five months of filming in western Montana, the studio’s spending on everything from lodging and rental cars to veterinary and animal services benefitted a vareity of Montana businesses.
“The business we got from ‘Yellowstone’ really helped our bottom line,” said Lynn-Wood Fields, owner of the Montana Media Center, a locally based services provider.
Barkey said economic gains should continue if Montana becomes a more regular site for large-scale film productions with a similar scale and scope to “Yellowstone.”
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