Videos

Sándor’s Oregon Trail is a work in development so the great walk has yet to begin. I have made many videos representing the style of what the finished TV series will be like on my driving travels on the Oregon Trail.

You can see them all on the Vimeo channel I created for them: https://vimeo.com/channels/sandorsoregontrail

or watch them below:

Sándor’s Oregon Trail sizzle reel. A trailer is what you make to promote a film at the time of its release. A sizzle reel is what you make to bring investors, broadcasters, supporters and fans to the table in order to get it made.

Sándor’s Oregon Trail sizzle reel from Sándor Lau on Vimeo.

It is true that by the time of the Oregon Trail, matches were around but of course they can get wet and flint and steel is a reliable method of making fire when matches don’t come through for you. It also looks cooler. Learn how here:

Firemaking Oregon Trail Style with Flint and Steel from Sándor Lau on Vimeo.

The beaver pelt trade that brought many mountain men west dried up around 1840 and many of those mountain men became trail guides for wagon trains in the years following. Now, historic reenactors keep their traditions alive and in this one, mountain men from the Fort Umpqua Muzzle Loaders based in Springfield, Oregon show me how to make mashed potatoes with a blackpowder rifle:

How to Make Mashed Potatoes with Black Powder Rifle from Sándor Lau on Vimeo.

For emigrants on the Oregon Trail, leaving their homes and coming west was like going to the moon. For tribes who had made these lands their home for many generations, the coming of the Americans was like the moon landing on them. Fred Hill of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation shares stories of growing up raised by his grandmother in the traditions of his tribe:

Fred Hill, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation from Sándor Lau on Vimeo.

I went to the Westdoc conference Los Angeles to pitch  to Sándor’s Oregon Trail to TV broadcasters including National Geographic, Oregon Public Broadcasting, A&E and the Travel Channel. This was one of only 10 projects selected to pitch out of over 100 entries. I was both overwhelmed and underwhelmed by their responses. See for yourself:

Sándor Lau pitches My Oregon Trail at Westdoc conference Pitchfest event from Sándor Lau on Vimeo.

If this is not enough for you, check out the rest of my Sándor’s Oregon Trail videos on my Vimeo channel. See more mountain men with guns, meet missionary wife Narcissa Whitman and learn how fully cooked wild pigs run around the Willamette Valley of Oregon waiting for you to reach down and carve off a slice for dinner: https://vimeo.com/channels/sandorsoregontrail

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