Video: ESPN+ documentary series 'Our Time: Oklahoma State Football' to continue filming throughout the fall
The documentary series “Our Time: Oklahoma State Football” will continue filming throughout the fall, adding to the growing list of film and television productions that will be underway throughout autumn in Oklahoma.
JM Associates, Sports & Story, and ESPN+, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, have officially announced that production is underway on the documentary series, which is using the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate.
The series started filming in late May during the team’s pre-season, and the production has been following the Oklahoma State University football team as they train for the uncertainty of the 2020 football season. Filming will continue until the strange and uncertain college football season has ended, according to a news release.
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The multi-part documentary series features head coach Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State football program, with behind-the-scenes access to coaches, players and staff. Training for the first football season during the coronavirus pandemic has brought specific challenges to the program this season, and the documentary series is giving fans an inside look as OSU football works through them.
The series is based in Stillwater, with all local crew members being provided by 1577 Productions out of Oklahoma City, according to the news release.
“We have enjoyed discovering the state of Oklahoma while filming 'Our Time: OSU Football',” said Bo Mattingly, senior executive producer of Sport & Story, the media company shooting the documentary series, in a statement. “From the rivers and the lakes to the Gundy ranch, we've been able to capture some beautiful scenery throughout the state, not to mention the uniqueness of the Oklahoma State campus and surrounding areas of Stillwater and Payne County.”
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright recently talked to Mattingly about the challenges of filming during the pandemic, including the need to quarantine the crew at one point, as well as the access that the documentary team has been afforded even when the program has worked through controversy. To read the interview, click here.
The first four episodes of “Our Time: Oklahoma State Football” are now available to stream on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with plans to release new episodes weekly. The fifth episode is due out on Thursday. To learn about how to stream the episodes via ESPN+, click here.
Along with the quick turnaround for the episodes, the documentary crew is dealing with often-rapid changes that come with having a football season during a pandemic. The Oklahoman's Jacob Unruh reports that OSU's season opener vs. Tulsa, which was planned for Saturday, has been postponed due to Sept. 19 due to the pandemic. To read more, click here.
“The past few months have created new challenges for almost every industry,” said Oklahoma Film + Music Office Director Tava Maloy Sofsky in a statement. “Our own film industry has learned to adapt to the ‘new normal,’ and I am sure many college football fans are curious to see how some of the sport’s top stars have done that as well. We are proud that local crew members have been able to tell this unique story that is so close to home.”
As previously reported, after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down productions in Oklahoma in spring, work on various movie and TV projects began ramping back up in early summer, leading to a busy fall for the state's film industry. “Our Time: Oklahoma State Football” is one of several film and television projects currently filming in the state.
Also among the productions currently underway around the state are the highly anticipated pilot for the FX Native American series "Reservation Dogs," from acclaimed Tulsa moviemaker Sterlin Harjo ("Love & Fury") and Oscar-nominated New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi ("Jojo Rabbit," "The Mandalorian"); Tulsa native John Swab's (“Body Brokers”) crime drama "Ida Red," starring Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Frank Grillo and Josh Hartnett, in the Tulsa area; director Jared Cohn's thriller “Cheer for Your Life,” in the Oklahoma City area; and director Nadeem Soumah's feature film “Impropriety,” in OKC and the surrounding area.
Other productions gearing up to film in Oklahoma this autumn include the biographical drama "Reagan," which will star Dennis Quaid ("Far From Heaven," "I Can Only Imagine") as the 40th president; Oklahoma filmmaker Kyle Kauwika Harris' crime thriller "Out of Exile," starring Adam Hampton, Ryan Merriman and Peter Greene; and Jon Erwin and Andrew Erwin ("I Can Only Imagine")'s inspirational sports biopic "American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story," with Zachary Levi ("Shazam," TV's "Chuck") set to portray the two-time NFL MVP and Hall of Famer.
For more information about getting started in film and the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, visit okfilmmusic.org.