Vast of Night Filming Locations: Welcome to Cayuga, New Mexico

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The Vast of Night is a fascinating UFO film, set in 1958 in the fictional town of Cayuga, New Mexico. This low-budget indie project is the directing debut of Oklahoma's filmmaker Andrew Patterson.

The movie, shot in only 17 Days in September 2016, was rejected in multiple festivals before to receive much praise by the public and critics alike after its release in Amazon's Prime Video.

Sierra McCormick as operator Fay Crocker

Most of The Vast of Night was filmed in the small town of Whitney in Hill County, Texas.

Additional shoots took place in Hillsboro, a village also situated near Dallas. Here is our complete filming locations guide:

Where was The Vast of Night filmed?

Cayuga High SchoolThe Cayuga Secondary School where all the town is attending the basketball game is the Whitney Intermediate School.

In an interview with The Moveable Fest, film director Andrew Patterson commented that they found this gym after months of searching around not only Texas but Louisiana, Kansas, and New Mexico as well.

The crew had to down-date the building and the streets of the village to make it look like the time period the story is set in.
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Cayuga New Mexico
Once it turned dark, film crews took Whitney to transform it into 1950s Cayuga.

The fact that they didn't start shooting until 8 o’clock when everyone was disappearing and going to sleep, helped a lot to build the intriguing atmosphere of this retro sci-fi thriller.


Strange radio frequency in the darkness
Fay (Sierra McCormick) is the young switchboard operator, who works in this red house located in W Washington Avenue.

This is the main downtown street where several scenes of the movie take place. Some empty rooms in the gymnasium were also used for sound stage space as the switchboard and the WOTW Control Room interior sets.
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The night scene in the city
Gizmodo reports that the awesome four-minute, 15-second long shot going all over town was made stitching practical footage, filmed with go-karts and camera gimbals.

Not everything is where it looks like: the sports hall is in Whitney and the radio station in Hillsboro.

The scene pictured is located near the water tower in W Polk Avenue in Whitney.
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WOTW radio station
We found DJ Everett's (Jake Horowitz) radio station at 217 W Franklin Street in Hillsboro.

However, looking at the satellite image, this house doesn't exist anymore.

The WOTW letters stand for War Of The Worlds, the classic 1897 science fiction novel by H. G. Wells.
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11 comments
  1. I loved this movie! you don't have to spend millions of dollars on special effects to tell a really interesting story. fantastic story, direction, setting, and of course, fantastic actors! 😄

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  2. quirky, funny, engaging,, love it .. show it off to the world... you have my vote..

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  3. That 4-minute,15-sec shot was amazing. I enjoyed the movie.

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  4. As an old codger I loved this. Ex Air Force. While I know nothing real significant. I had a secret clearance but there were places we still were not allowed to see or visit. So movies like this are always intriguing. So enjoy—I did

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  5. The filming locations mention Hillsboro as a village near Dallas. The town of Hillsboro Texas is actually 12 miles West of the Town of Whitney Texas. Dallas is approximately 100 miles from Hillsboro Texas. I live in Clifton Texas which is approximately 25 miles from Whitney Texas.

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    1. Minor point. Hillsboro is east of Whitney. My dad grew up in Hillsboro.

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    2. I-20 in Dallas to Hillsboro is a little over 50 miles give or take a few.

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  6. I was impressed about the dialogues. The actors in the beginning hold a conversation for several minutes as they walk. So natural, so real. And kudos for their ability to memorize many lines. I’ve always been impressed on actor’s and actresses’ memory. The dialogue that the radar operator Billy holds with Everett by phone. Memorizing so many lines, and being so convincing with their performances. Commendable. Great film.

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  7. I really loovve the show. Great actors. I love watching these kind of shows. Simple yet intriguing.

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  8. This is clearly an homage to Rod Serling, whose Twilight Zone production company was called Cayuga Productions, and the TV show playing at the outset is obviously a parody of the intro to Twilight Zone. Guess you gotta be old like me to recognize those things...

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  9. When the old woman mentioned Boles Acres I screamed so loud my wife said what's wrong? Boles Acres is a tiny area at the edge of Alamogordo, NM where the road forks either to El Paso or Las Cruces. My mother was raised in Alamo and left in 1941.

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