We shot this at the Karate Kid's uncle's ranch in upstate New York in the dead of winter. We had about 30 civil war reinactors who brought their own wardrobe and guns. I had one day to check out the place, storyboard it, and time it out. Day two comprised of taking down everything that didn't belong in a western, so signs, moving cars, etc. We shot it all in one strip of the ranch...good times trying to figure out which shot was in which direction.
The film was shot for the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, in the 8mm division. We were given two rolls of 8mm film that we had to score, without seeing the finished product. We weren't allowed to edit, since we sent the unprocessed roll back to Cannes and hoped for the best. I did all of the camera work and in camera editing, meaning shooting in story order. We had about 2 minutes of footage, so it was one shot.
It did make it to Cannes...14th out of 200+ entries, one shy away from the baker's dozen, which were films that were aired all over European televisions. Afterwards, it went to the Soho short film festival in London where it was nominated for 7 awards and won 5, including best cinematography (yay). We were all invited to attend but all too broke to hop on the plane to London with basically one week's notice.