Posted by: michellemuldoon | May 21, 2018

Westerns Rule

Or should I say, women in westerns rule. I know it’s been a long time since I blogged, but I was distracted. Who knew that this particular distraction would take a year and a half of my life before the camera would roll. I’m not sure if LAST STAND TO NOWHERE has been a passion or an obsession, but either way it resulted to four days in Pitt Meadows, BC with some of the most inspiring, kind, generous, talented, decent humans I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with.

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Photo by Michelle Lamberson

As long as it took to get to this stage, the speed at which it moved from December 2017 on was exhilarating. Joining the already established cast of Maja Aro, Frances Flanagan, Chelah Horsdal, Jenn MacLean-Angus, Julie Lynn Mortensen, and Johannah Newmarch were Catherine Lonsdale, Luvia Petersen and Sadie Silcock. Lini Evans came on at the eleventh hour to make our saloon complete with a saloon singer.

For three days our cast endured high heat in heavy clothing to make something special. The generous souls of the Thunderbird Fast Draw Club provided instruction and gun wrangling services so that our showdown would look as it should.

The camaraderie on set was astounding. The amount of people I have to thank has been extensive and I’ve spent the last two weeks on the Last Stand to Nowhere social media channels making sure I did so.  You are all brilliant!

This is what I’ve learned from the people on the shoot, and from the shoot itself:

  • Women want this kind of content. We all want this. Why? Because media is not satisfying the market. To paraphrase one woman on Facebook, Godless gave us one glorious episode. It’s time for change.
  • When we all come to a project because we believe in it, the experience can be transcendent. It’s been two weeks, and I’m still hearing from cast and crew how special the shoot was.
  • Patience is beautiful and don’t forget to breathe. Eight years ago I discovered that the saying, Patience is a Virtue, was not the correct translation of the ancient Arab proverb. The correct one is, Patience is Beautiful. And in hot weather on long days, I learned to take a deep breath and remember to keep it beautiful.
  • Vancouver will step to the plate when you need them. My thanks are eternal to our sponsors Matrix Production Services, Thunderbird Fast Draw Club, and Orchard Film Studios because without them, we wouldn’t have a film. I would also like to thanks Golden Eagles Farms and Renee Bella. Without them, we would never have been able to afford a location. These people made film happen. Let me say this again, these people made film happen!
  • Anything is possible when you have a producing team like we had; Maja Aro, Victoria Angell, Frances Flanagan, and Shannon Kaplun. When I was at my most stressed, or vexed, or impatient, they were there; unwavering, kind, patient, supportive.

We are now looking to get our huge 8K files transcoded and into the editing suite. From there, the list of things that needs to get done is staggering, but that’s okay. We have footage in the can, and that footage looks glorious.

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