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Thad Smith announces plans to film second season of World War II drama; some will be filmed in Columbia County

    Director Thad Smith is planning to film a second season of a World War II drama series in Columbia County and the Pacific Northwest later this year, according to a press release from his production company, One Eighty Films.

Smith, a Scappoose resident, in 2009 premiered "Everyman's War," a drama centered around combat during World War II and dedicated to his father, a decorated military veteran.

Smith later developed a TV series in the same vein. "Combat Report," which was produced in 2014 and 2015, follows a group of American soldiers through Europe prior to the formation of the United States' elite forces.

The series aired in 2015 on digital cable in the United States and has since been licensed internationally. After the first season garnered success, TUFF TV, an Atlanta-based network that helped produce the original series, expressed interest in a second, 13-episode season planned to film later this year.

Smith said he was thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the storyline and show viewers what happens to the show's main character, Dwight Dax, who closed season one on a cliffhanger.

"Well, I mean, it's obviously a dream come true. We did the first six episodes for TUFF and it has been picked up internationally and aired in UK and Asia," Smith said. "So people have been asking, like, 'What happens to Dax?'"

Smith has much of the series mapped out in what he calls a "series bible," which outlines character development and plot points ready for three seasons of the show.

Being able to continue with the series and work with many of the same actors from the first round of production is something Smith said he is looking forward to.

"Continuing to film the series, obviously the best part

of that is the actual production," Smith said. "To be back on the set and working with the same group of guys, it's great."

Filming is expected to take place in late 2018 and will likely last for three to four months, Smith said. A large majority of the show will likely be filmed in Columbia County, while some scenes will be filmed elsewhere in Oregon. Post production will likely take place in Atlanta.

"To have these things flesh out and appear on the screen is really cool," Smith said.