The Pretender Lives: Another Man’s Gun #10 (Steve’s testimonial)
Hey guys. So listen. I just finished reading Another Man’s Gun and I have to say I’m pretty blown away – I’m really proud of how great it is. Derek did an incredible job with the script. I can see everything that Jonny brought to it from the director standpoint. I think it could be a classic western. Characters are amazing. The story is amazing. All in all, it’s pretty great. I’m gonna do everything I can to help these guys get made. I think you guys would want to do that too. I’ll tell you what I think you should do. I think you should pester Jon and pester Derek and tell them if you want to see an excerpt of their script as well and I think you’ll agree and fall in love with it as much as I did. Anyhow, pester the hell out of those guys. You guys should see this. I think it’s something we can all help them get made. Ok, I’ll talk to you guys later.
The Pretender Lives: Fan Questions for Jon Gries and Derek Walker of Another Man’s Gun #7
Jon: Do you want to do this one? Derek: Yeah, go and say it one more time for me. Q: I love the western genre, but different in this tech age for many appreciate- and also why specifically this film. Take that how you want. Jon: Karen, to answer your question about why this film. First and foremost it was effective when I read it, it was inspiring and I agree with you that it is definitely not the most accessible genre at least in this day and age but there are still a lot of people that really do have an affinity and attraction for western films, particularly – at least from my perspective – films that are more truthful and less fantastic. Some westerns of late have been less historically accurate and I like this because it was so historically accurate. I think it’s important.
The Pretender Lives: Fan Questions for Jon Gries and Derek Walker of Another Man’s Gun #9
Jon: Hi Linda, thanks for your question. The Rolleiflex is a film camera. I’ve been shooting films since I was very young. My father put actually the first camera in my hand when I was like 13 and I’ve been shooting ever since and I love shooting film. Who knows, maybe Another Man’s Gun might be shot on film. That would be great, especially with all the beautiful exteriors, wide open spaces. Thanks for your question. Derek: Thanks Linda.
The Pretender Lives: Fan Questions for Jon Gries and Derek Walker of Another Man’s Gun #4
Will Jonny be doing any writing and/or composing for the AMG soundtrack? Jon: Well, that’s always a good possibility. I scored the last film that I did, so Derek and I both play music. Chances are we will be and I have a recording studio. So chances are that will happen. Not necessarily that that’s the intention but it might. Derek: I think we’ve had enough of… Jon: Carl. Derek: … shared vision and what we’re going for musically in the film, you know. At some point it will work its way out, we’d love to. (check) Jon: His score sounded too much like Titanic, so I dunno.
The Pretender Lives: Fan Questions for Jon Gries and Derek Walker of Another Man’s Gun #5
Jon: Karen, I know you asked me what Derek’s inspiration was. He and I are not married and I would like to know what his inspiration was as well. So, but here he is and he can answer you. Derek: I can answer you. Thank you Karen for the question. Jon: Thank you very much. Derek: I think I was eating a lot of spicy food, the night before that, maybe. I do know I was inspired by all the research I was doing and all the Oregon Trail diaries, the pioneer diaries, of people with the experiences of actually going through that at the time. I know that Another Man’s Gun is not necessarily a true story, but is kind of based on true possibilities. So, it was inspired by a lot of actual things that occurred. Of course this is a movie so it kind of fantasizes a little bit, but… Jon: It’s a confluence of different events that came to formulate. Derek: Yeah. And I think the characters, their dialogue, their interacting was inspired by the very straight, quick-witted conversation between from all the films from the forties, Humphrey Bogart and all the classic gumshoe films, even though the people in this film speak very traditionally, very, you know… Jon: I can only say that it is one of the things that inspired me about this film when I read it was that it is very true to the era. There’s a sense of difference, a different kind of articulation than we’re familiar with today. Derek: There’s no y’alls, no partners, howdy partners, there’s no boots spurs, showdowns in the streets, no fights, none of that stuff.
The Pretender Lives: Fan Questions for Jon Gries and Derek Walker of Another Man’s Gun #8
Steven: Jon speak a bit about your father directing Will Penny and being on the set of a western and what it means… Jon: You know the thing is that my father was a film maker. He passed away when I was 19 years old but one of the films he directed, which didn’t get high notoriety but was considered to be a classic was a film called Will Penny with Charlton Heston and Joan Hacket and Ben Johnson. And I was in the film, That’s a long story. How did I ended up I the film, cause my father didn’t want me in the film. But I was around it and my father spent an inordinate amount of time, whenever he had free time to read, which was considerable, he read mostly western books. he was into the history of the west and it rubbed off on me, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, it’s something that I’ve always wanted to be a part of. The idea of this is possibly happening is pretty exciting because I feel that I’ve been preparing for it essentially my whole life.
The Pretender Lives: Fan Questions for Jon Gries and Derek Walker of Another Man’s Gun #3
Jon: Hi Karen. Real quickly, thanks again for that question. The way I got involved with Derek, believe it or not, I directed a music video for a band that are called the Mere Mortals, the video is called Cracked, and Derek replaced the guitar player that was in the video and I met him consequently through my association with the band and then Derek sent me the script and this was about 3 years ago. I read it and I knew right away that this was something very special about it and I said, can we get together and talk about it which we did regularly, probably once every week, once a week, or once every couple of weeks, for about a year and a half. We sat down and talked through the script, went through it scene by scene, just massaged it as Derek likes to say, kinda get it into place. But the bones and the real grit was still there, just needed to, as a director with a vision I wanted to offer that opportunity and see if he would be interested in that and he liked where my ideas were going so it worked.
The Pretender Lives: Fan Questions for Jon Gries and Derek Walker of Another Man’s Gun #6
Q: Jon, How long have you been riding? You seem very natural around horses. Jon: Riding or writing? I can’t sit in a chair but I’ve been riding horses since I was 7 years old. English sadle until was ten, western after that. Does that answer your question?
The Pretender Lives: Fan Questions for Jon Gries and Derek Walker of Another Man’s Gun #2
Derek: So we’re here talking about Another Man’s Gun with Jon Gries here at the Pretender Lives. Jon: And Steven Long Mitchell. SLM: And I’m jumping in because I don’t really know what the story is from Another Man’s Gun so for those who don’t why don’t you give him a little synopsis so the guys know what you’re talking about. Jon: Quick synopsis. Derek: Quick synopsis, ok. Buck, young man, early 1840s, He has lost his father, a couple of years earlier. His mother and 2 little sisters are forced to move into the property of this old rancher, named Gregson with his halfway son, through years of just being treated like… Jon: Gregson is abusive. Derek: Gregson is quite abusive, sexually, mentally, physically. It’s a bad situation, especially for the younger girls and young man growing up who has no guidance, father figure. So, years go by, of living in this situation. There’s an opportunity of getting a job to pick up a teacher from New Orleans so Buck does it’s best job of convincing the territory Marshal to get that job. When he gets it he gets on a wagon, rides to New Orleans from north western territory of what is today Nebraska. He rides all the way down, picks up this young teacher and brings her back. Jon: It’s about a 7 months job. Derek: A 7 month journey. Jon: And he wants the money from this job to buy a piece of bottom land, to free his family from the indentured servitude that they have to be under with this man Gregson. Derek: If he makes it back alive. Which is the goal. SLM: You know, I’ve never been in front of the camera. You have anybody in mind for the halfway? Jon: Are you available? Derek: I’ve met the director. I can talk to him. SLM: Ok, we’ll see.