A stolen day of filming with a rental camera and six months later post-production is complete. This is the story of the Hysteria Productions “Wanted” video.
After a three day grueling film shoot, I realised I still had the camera equipment that had been hired for one more day. I couldn’t let it go to waste… I had always wanted to make a western (and by “make” I secretly mean “star in”), so I came up with a little idea for this promotional video and set off with my co-producer Chris Daniels and Unit manager Brad Armel, to find a place to film it.
Luckily we didn’t have to go far. I found a fairly bare looking field with one great looking tree in the middle and a wonky windmill in the background. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Brad operated the camera, while Chris and I got into character with some not so historically accurate costumes and replica guns.
About two hours later and I was pretty sure we had all the footage I needed.
Unfortunately, post-production wasn’t that quick. A number of other jobs got in the way and it was a good six months before I found the time to get the project finished. Some animated visual effects were created for the lightning, shower of sparks and the birds that fly off as well as a few other little bits. I applied quite a heavy colour grade to cover up the short comings of the HDV format that we filmed on. After adding some music and sound effects, this little promotional video was complete.