The Gunfighter Short Film
In the tradition of classic westerns, a narrator sets up the story of a lone gunslinger who walks into a saloon. However, the people in this saloon can hear the narrator and the narrator may just be a little bit bloodthirsty.
The Gunfighter short film involves an omniscient voice that begins to narrate the scene, revealing who the gunslinger is and what he’s about to do. The clever set up is that the characters in the film can hear the voice, too. The narrator divulges the deepest, darkest secrets of the people in the saloon and as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the narrator (comedian Nick Offerman) wants nothing more than to see a “ballet of death.”
The reason that the Gunfighter works so well as a short film is the use of deconstruction. It takes a trope that is common to a certain genre of ‘Western’ film and subverts it until the style of film is completely broken down. It also has careful attention to detail in costuming and uses a fully built Western set to great effect. Ultimately, it’s a comedy that makes you laugh out loud which is the best test of its success.
Fans of ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’, ‘Monty Python’, and ‘Carry On’ will like this.
Genre: Comedy, Western, Drama, Action.
Additional: American. Scenes of violence, sexual references and strong language.
Directed by Eric Kissack.
Run time: 8 mins 49 secs
Major Awards: Winner Audience Award for Best Short Film – LA Film Fest; Best of the Fest Selection – Palm Springs Short Fest