In all my (short) years of making stories, if anyone had told me that I would be doing a western, I would have called them crazy.
To be clear: it’s not that I don’t like westerns. It’s just that I have had incredibly few experiences with westerns. To date, I have read one western novella (“All the Flavours” by Ken Liu), one “western” movie (Rango) and part of a western TV show (Firefly).
If you’re familiar with any of them, you probably know that none of them are very traditional westerns.
I like to think that mine, Heist, isn’t tradition either. Simply put, it’s a story about a group of bandits who get more than they bargained for when they attempt to rob a train.
If you’re an avid gamer, of course, you might recognise that most of the pieces used in the video are from different games, Colt Express being the main one. The moment I saw the game, I knew already that it would make a great set piece for an animation, and thus, Heist was born.
Well, I hope I didn’t talk your ear off, and I hope you enjoy the short film.