Murder Town

A bloody tale of revenge set 150 years ago to a hard driving score.

  • Blaine Kaltman
  • Blaine Kaltman
    Back Alley Bulls (screenplay) Under the Heel of the Dragon (book)
  • Blaine Kaltman
    Back Alley Bulls
  • Doug Masterson
  • Stone Mob
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
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  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Blaine Kaltman

Blaine Kaltman has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Queensland. He is the author of “Under the Heel of the Dragon” and the producer, lead actor, and screenplay writer of the award winning film “Back Alley Bulls” He is also a published poet Currently a Foreign Service officer with the US State Department Blaine is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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Director Statement

The challenge of a short video is telling a story without a lot of time to do it. This challenge benefits the viewer, however, who doesn't have to sit through endless exposition, pointless dialogue, and contrived build up. You get right to the good stuff- in this case a poker game quadruple murder and later an ambush/gunfight. Doug Masterson, my co-producer, did a brilliant job building the set for the poker game, especially because there was no hammer handy. Never one to be stopped by the odds, Doug found a suitable rock outside and used that to bang nails into boards and create the illusion of an 1850's saloon.
I really tired to put the audience in the action with lots of point of view and over the shoulder shots- I wanted the main shootout to feel more like a war movie ala Saving Private Ryan then your typical Western. The director of photography Wil David deserves the real credit. He was absolutely amazing- keeping the camera steady but adding just enough movement to create a sense of urgency. The mid-range and long shots are similar to war time news footage- you can practically feel the fear of the camera man caught in the cross fire. What you couldn't feel is what Wil and my cast of amazingly talented actors were going through- scurrying up muddy embankments, falling on rocks and through thorn bushes- lying on the ground freezing. But I think these things are detected by the viewer on a subconscious level and add realism and depth to the video.