MEET THE DEEDLES
About The Locations
Principal photography for the action-comedy "Meet The Deedles" began on location in the Wasatch National Forest near Park City, Utah
Principal photography for the action-comedy "Meet The Deedles"
began on location in the Wasatch National Forest near Park City,
Utah. The filmmakers began with the key scene where the Deedle
brothers are driving with Major Flower and discover-in addition
to the fact that Major Flower needs a shower-that the boot camp
their father has sent them to no longer exists, and that they
seem to be headed for a grueling schedule of survival training
in the woods with a less-than-stable mentor. That is, until Major
Flower drives his truck straight off of a mountain road, hurling
the boys into a new adventure.
Filming continued on location within an hour's drive of Park City,
including: the town of Morgan, doubling for a town near Yellowstone
where the Deedles pick up some necessary supplies; the Ogden airport
terminal, transformed into a version of the Jackson Hole, Wyoming
airport where the brothers first arrive on the mainland; and a
dining room in Deer Valley's Silver Lake Lodge doubling for the
Park Rangers' mess hall where Phil and Stew discover that they
are supposed to enjoy eating live worms.
Other scenes that were shot deep in the grandeur of the Wasatch
and Uinta mountain ranges include: a rappelling sequence on a
sheer rock face near Bald Mountain; scenes at the toll booths
of a production-created Yellowstone Park entrance where the Deedles
learn to survive in the wilderness by confiscating campers' junk
food as they enter the Park; and one of the many pieces of the
sequence that starts the action in Yellowstone-the eventual crash
of Major Flower's truck after it has careened over and bounced
down the mountainside, catapulting the boys and Flower into a
Since every moment of the film's story is packed with comedy and
action, director Steve Boyum needed to meticulously envision and
plan the action sequences and divide the shots that would be covered
by the first unit and by an ambitious second unit.
Producer Dale Pollock was familiar with the crews and terrain
of Utah, having previously produced two of his other features
in the state: "A Home of Our Own," and "A Midnight
Clear." "Dumb and Dumber," which producer Aaron
Meyerson had executive produced, was also filmed in the state,
on location in Salt Lake City and in Park City.
"This was the third film that I have made in Summit County
and Wasatch County, so I was very familiar with the Wasatch range
and the Uinta mountains," explains Dale Pollock. "Since
we were doing a film set in Yellowstone and we needed a place
with the look of Wyoming and with experienced crews, as well as
a place that we would have a good experience in making the film
... I knew that we could find it all close to Park City, Utah.
The landscape has the same kind of vegetation and the same grand
dimension of mountains with beautiful lakes."
"Yellowstone National Park is an incredible place and is
unbelievable in its beauty," notes Pollock. "But we
couldn't film in Yellowstone during the height of tourist season.
And ultimately, I think we have done a really good job of finding
some of the prettiest spots in this part of Utah, including Bald
Mountain, Mirror Lake, Thousand Peaks, Cascade Springs and Guardsman
Pass. These are gorgeous locations and I think we really showcased
them well in our film."
Discussing some of the logistical challenges of mounting the production,
Pollock says, "Almost three-quarters of this film had exterior,
day settings and that presented some pr
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