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An Oregon location manager’s search for just the right spots has taken him across the state, discovering the locations for movies like the 2005 drama "Last Days" and the 2014 film "Wild."

Location scout Roger Faires says Oregon's vast scenery keeps movie makers coming back.

“Oregon is great because it has everything,” he explained. “It has beautiful farm valleys, it's got lots of trees, lots of water. On the Eastern side of the state ,we've got these deserts.”

Now as the key assistant location manager for the TNT series "The Librarians," it's his job to find the perfect setting for the season three finale.

“The producers will have ideas of what they want and we will try to match that as perfectly as we can, and in a lot of cases we'll say, ‘That's a great idea but what about this,’” he said. “Sometimes they're really receptive to that.”

Follow Faires through the corridors of the Portland Convention Center, the passion he has for his part in the film making business is made clear as he searches for the perfect loading dock.

“It's supposed to be the loading dock of a really secretive government agency that hides away things,” he explained. “I can't tell you much but they're trying to take the good things our heroes have and hide it away from them.”

Faires said he searches for areas that fit the “mood” of the script, as well as the large crews on set.

“Is it a new place, an old place? Is it some kind of a fantasy looking place that doesn't really exist on earth? How can I make a real world place fit those things?” he explained. “There are so many places to hide equipment and still have a big set without worrying about which direction the camera points.”

Faires noted that picking the locations was key as it can become another character in the story.

“It's got to be interesting, it has to be able to accommodate the story,” he said.

For what would become just a couple of scenes, he photographed the bottom floor up to the terrace at the convention center.

Faires says, though, that when you're creating a world, the location, has to be right.

“It's great to just be part of it,” he said. “There's so many people on set that do this hard job and to just be a portion of that, that's really cool.”

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