After the MEDIA Act passing, Boehm and Gray decided if they were to build a Western town set, it could also become a studio that other productions could use for the future. Davis suggested building the town right in Chico’s backyard, which made great sense for productions. Location and lodging!
Much of the credit for the Yellowstone Film Ranch’s authentic aura goes to the vision of the three partners, but they had lots of help including production designer Lindsay Moran, and a host of Hollywood set designers. Although the backlot is built specifically for westerns, the idea is to have a variety of films to tell hundreds of Montana stories.