Filming Cowboys & Indians

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Filming Cowboys & Indians

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Carl Sparfeld and Jerry Marrion of the GVR Camera Club have been invited to be the set photographers for three western movies … two Hollywood and one Pueblo Colorado productions. They have filmed at a number of local Southern Arizona settings: Old Tucson; Gammon’s Gulch, at a 6,000 acre ranch north of Gammons’ Gulch; Tombstone, on a desert location just outside of Tombstone (105 degrees and little shade); at the San Pedro River near St. David on a very dusty ranch road south of St. David; at the Triangle-T Ranch & Texas Canyon; Sabino Canyon; and at a ranch near Sonoita just miles from the Border.

Each day involved a three hour round-trip to get back and forth, plus five or more hours on the set taking behind-the-scenes shots of the actors, director, staff, and crew. Most days prints would be brought of some of the previous day’s photos for all to see and enjoy. Many of the actors used their photos for websites, business cards, talent agency stock plus social media. The on-line promos & “teasers” for the films used a variety of the still shots as part of the pre-release advertising.

JEMarrion-DSCF3250-M-1024Carl and Jerry were treated as part of the crew and ate with the crew. They even get film credits for their work!  Image to the right:  Ric Maddox (Actor, Writer & Co-Producer), Carl Sparfeld, Aaron Marciniak (Actor), Royston Innes (Co-Creator, Director, Writer & Producer), and Jerry Marrion.

Several GV Camera Club members were invited to tag along as additional eyes and ears to pick out extra photos that Carl and Jerry were not able to see or take. Tom Aslakson and Jerry got to be “extras” in Dead Men….The Series. Look for that name on the internet to see photos and clips of this film trailer.

Photographing movies requires an alert eye and quick camera responses to get the “action” or that magic moment of character that quickly reveals itself. Jerry took between 250 and 350 images per day. The Producer was given CDs and DVDs of the combined photos to use as desired to help document to the backers of the film(s), plus for promotional purposes.

Movie production is a slow, tedious process. But, for the still photographers, it gives numerous opportunities to shoot and re-shoot people, scenes and action shots.

Carl and Jerry may go out again (if called) to do their 4th movie (YES, another shoot ‘em up). Stay tuned for their possible appearance on the Red Carpet.  They’ve gone HOLLYWOOD!  You can also be entertained by more of Jerry’s images that are displayed in his personal Member Photo Gallery.

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