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The Gunfighter


In the tradition of classic westerns, a narrator gets a little blood thirsty.

The Gunfighter sets itself up as a good ol’ fashion western film, but the narrator, who is setting up the story of a lone gunslinger who walks into a saloon, decides to take matters into his own hands.

The idea sprung fully formed from the genius brain of Kevin Tenglin and when I read it I immediately knew that I had to make it. It was so original, so fresh and so funny that my job was fairly easy… make it feel as authentic as possible and then just stay out of the way.

Everything just comes together quite nicely, the script is simply brilliant on its own, but the added values of the film come from the entire surroundings. The setting and decor along with all the lighting and camera work is what Eric Kissack and his crew created marvelously to reach an authentic level. But seeing the full involvement and commitment from the entire cast is was gives the film that – oh so hard to get – final touch of authenticity.

We had an immense amount of fun making it authentic, though. Everyone involved relished the challenge of doing a Western film… despite the severely constrained budget. The entire experience felt like Western camp… with a lot of jokes. Aside from the laughs, I loved the thematic idea of the destruction that would be wrought on society if we couldn’t keep any secrets. We all publicly praise honesty but deep down we know that disaster would strike if we lived in a world without secrets. It was terrific fun to explore that theme in such a clever, original way.

Kissack takes the Western for an unusual spin and the outcome is just so splendidly amusing, depicting well the Western times but throwing in a hint of modern society.

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