The Amazing Gayla Partridge

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During our photographic push for stunning imagery for our first feature film, the spiritual gothic western Shroud, we were fortunate enough to work with Gayla Partridge in Austin, Texas.

We were referred to Gayla by our leading lady Nicole Leigh Jones. Gayla’s reputation is well earned: her impeccable style and artistic innovation behind the camera is astounding. We were amazed at the power of the images she and Nicole were able to achieve using our original Shroud wardrobe. Wearing Marty van Kleeck’s amazing custom dresses and Patrick Thaden & Ugo Serrano’s original plate armor, Gayla delivered mesmerizing images for our first feature.

We are very grateful to Gayla and her studio and recommend her unreservedly for any project where you really need to make an artistic statement of the highest caliber.

Galya, thank you! We look forward to working with you on our fantasy epic Vangelis.

Look at the Bones!

The Bones

Part of the mystery in Shroud revolves around the legend of a child-killer. To convey this grisly truth about the many child murders near Shroud, we originally had resin molds made for the bone yard.  Ideally, we wanted to cover an entire slope of land with thousands of child bones; however, being our first film (and an independent one at that) we simply didn’t have the budget for hundreds of child skeletons.

Making the skulls, we planted them off the main trail at Hamilton Pool cave and shot our scene. Regrettably, there simply weren’t enough skulls (and no complete skeletons) to create a true killing ground.

When we decided to return to Hamilton Pool Cave to shoot new B-roll footage for Shroud, it seemed a good time to re-shoot the bone yard sequence as well.

For whatever reason, I did not find the same online resources last year as I did the week before I returned to Hamilton Pool Cave.  Using Google, I searched for “prop bones” and ended up at a wonderfully macabre website called

This site specializes in skeletons and horror paraphernalia of all kind for film: corpses, skulls, skeletons, entrails, tombstones, etc.

I selected some brutally grotesque child skeletons along with assorted bones and forensic quality skulls and had them delivered 2-day ground. Let me say: they look amazing.

Long story short, our new bone yard looks like a real bone-strewn dumping ground. It simply looks amazing. The forensic quality skulls stand up to extreme close-ups, with just the right tone and texture to the bone to look perfectly disturbing.

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Legendary Craft: The Art of Richard Lester

Two founding films in my small library of cinemagraphic influences are The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974) by the amazing Richard Lester.

The name Richard Lester may be lost on most modern film fans, but Lester’s work remains masterful, enviably so, even today. Few filmmakers have such an utter command of the frame, motion and composition as Richard Lester.

Just wanted to pay my respects—Thank you, Mr. Lester.