One day, in the parking lot of a local hardware store, I saw a very colorful –'Buffalo Bill 'looking cowboy, getting out of his dilapidated pick up truck that had a faded graphic on it that read: "The Horses Friend". I followed him into the hardware store. I’d been making short mini-documentaries for awhile and thought he looked like a ripe subject for one.
After several hours of interviews I found him to be a vastly complicated character of a man who would be difficult to explore in less that ninety minutes and requiring a budget, a real crew and shooting in multiple far off locations - A very compelling story that would make a terrific feature film. When I first met Sonny I immediately thought of Jeff Bridges or perhaps Billy Bob Thornton. If you know anyone who can get them to watch this piece, I think they will agree.
I have Patrick Williams (patrickwilliamsmusic.com) committed to the project already.
As a “one man band” shooter I decided to treat the project as a study for a feature film project.
Shooting alone with a good deal of obstacles, like birds, airplanes, helicopters, wind, chainsaws and motorcycles all made for a very challenging shoot.
It was shot entirely on a GH3 with Lumix and Nikon Legacy lenses.
The piece is truly only a snippet of cowboy’s hard-ridden journey through life.
You never know who you’re going to run into at the hardware store.