Miner’s Candle Video Shoot

Shooting my first music video production/western short movie hybrid.

As some of you may know I wrote my first song lyrics for well-known country singer Carol Markstrom last year. Our friendship has grown during our co-writing together and to my surprise the song has not only been played in radio stations in the US as well as different countries in Europe but also won a couple of awards already at the Cowpoke and Wild Bunch Film Festival.

 

The idea to produce a music video that tells the tale of the miners in the song “Miner´s Candle” was born some night at the campfire and what was originally planned rather small turned out to be a short western movie shoot with a cast of 20 people who turned the four minutes song into a 15-minute short film. 

Part of our wonderful cast with our lead role the miner on the left
Part of our wonderful cast with our lead role the miner on the left.

It was a challenge to write the script in addition to the lyrics, to get the cast and location and catering all lined up from a 6500 miles distance but I had the most wonderful, helpful crew standing behind me and singer Carol Markstrom. 

Last scene negotiations with cast members before shooting the poker game scene
Last scene negotiations with cast members before shooting the poker game scene.

 

We all made it happen during a tough 14 hours shoot with freezing temperatures.

Talented Christian Meza, our cinematography wizard
Talented Christian Meza, our cinematography wizard.

 

What can I say, when I saw the first draft I cried some happy tears. Cinematographer Christian Meza delivered beyond my wildest dreams. This was a wonderful experience and surely not my last excursion into the indie movie genre. I am so immensely proud of the entire cast. Looking forward to hear what the audience has to say about the story of the Miner´s Candle.

More members of our cast – 2legged and 4legged

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