Aaron Walton
A picture of Aaron Walton who plays the role of the main villain/antagonist in the movie "Watch the Sunset." Courtesy of BarrLipp Productions

“Watch the Sunset” is Australia’s first one shot feature film. In an exclusive interview with International Business Times, Australia cast member Aaron Walton spoke about the unique challenges the cast and crew faced while filming and also talked about the good times they shared together.

Walton plays the role of the main villain/antagonist Shane. For the actor, a good movie is “ all about good stories well told.” “We all know entertainment is a big part of that, but it’s also about capturing an audience’s hearts and minds and from that place, nurturing what’s beautiful and righteous inside them, and shaking loose what isn’t. These ideas informed the approach to making ‘Watch The Sunset’ from the outset,” he said.

The movie was filmed in the town Kerang, in northern Victoria. “ We can’t thank enough the people of Kerang, who were wonderful hosts for our film. They opened their arms (and homes!) to us and happily obliged our every request. Those who didn’t know what we were up to were kind enough not to call the cops on us as we wandered the streets looking decidedly dodgy,” Walton said.

When asked to share some behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the sets of “Watch the Sunset,” Walton said that there were a few that he’d rather not share with the public. However, his favourite part of filming the movie was seeing the transformation of fellow cast member Annabelle Williamson (Joey).

“At first she was a little overwhelmed and shy, but with time it was a treasure getting to see her become more and more comfortable with us all, to the point where she started dishing out a fair bit of attitude. She’s an absolute sweetheart with an impeccable manner, but certainly punches above her weight in terms of banter, particularly with Mick, who became a punching bag for witty jibes that belied her age,” Walton said.

Filming a one shot feature film came with its own set of unique challenges. The director apparently wanted to “capture a very raw, natural feel to the film.” Walton said that it was easier to list the challenges the cast and crew didn’t face while filming. “On a one shot feature film with eight locations, rolling cars, child actors, blood splatters, gun shots, fight choreo, intensely emotional scenes, a live choir, crane shots etc. etc. with NO CUTS! and all on a very small budget… You do the math,” he said.

The movie is not yet complete and is currently in the post production phase. The producers have launched a crowd funding campaign to help finish music composition, sound mixing and other aspects of the movie.

Australian Cultural Fund is supporting “Watch the Sunset” to reach their financial goal. They have a modest budget of AU $10,000 and have already been able to secure nearly 40% of the funding.

“ Think about it this way: you’ll reach peak dinner-party-conversation prowess when you reveal you helped fund Australia’s first one-shot feature film. It’s the ultimate high-brow/street-cred hybrid,” Walton said.

To help fund “Watch the Sunset,” readers can go to the official website of Australian Cultural Fund and help finish Australia’s first one shot movie. The producers are aiming to release the movie in both the domestic market as well as in the US.