After a long break we are back with our newest film! Check out Mclean, Texas! This little town outside Amarillo is home to The Devil's Rope Museum, Route 66 Museum and the Mclean-Alanreed Historical Museum.

Super special thanks to Delbert Trew for all the great info and the insight of Marjorie Fish.

Director/ Editor
Coleman Anderson

Director of Photography
Erik Clapp

Patti Bandy

Aerial Photography
Chris Gomez

Music Composer/Director
Paul Boll

Graphics/Art Direction
Nicole Ellis

Shot and Edited in 4k on the Black Magic Ursa Cinema Camera in Widescreen Anamorphic Format.

Richland Springs

Our 2nd trip took took us to San Saba county that took us to the Regency Suspension Bridge and then to the town of Richland Springs. We met some great people while we were there and learned a lot about the town and its agriculture roots. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below !


Special Thanks to Lisa Young and James Hammett

Director/Editor - Coleman Anderson
Director of Photography - Erik Clapp
Still Photography/Research - Patti Bandy
Music by Paul Boll

Shot anamorphic on Black Magic Ursa and Black Magic Pocket Camera.

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The Evolving Look of “Once Upon a Town”

By Erik Clapp (Once Upon A Town, Director of Photography)

There are very few art forms that are intrinsic to the United States. If you really think about that there really are only a few. One is Jazz and Blues music. The other is the Western. Those are art forms born from the blood sweat and tears that built this country. So in creating the look of “Once Upon a Town” for director Coleman Anderson I wanted to pay tribute to the great westerns of directors John Ford, Howard Hawks, and Sergio Leone.

My father introduced me to the films of John Ford as a kid. “The Searchers” was in permanent rotation in our household. In it contained big shots. And I mean big vistas and tremendous compositions of the west. Over the past few years I have been studying the films of Sergio Leone. Not just his famous Man with No Name trilogy but “Once Upon a Time in the West” and “Duck you Sucker”. For me Leone even though his works took place in the U.S. they were all filmed in Italy. They took on a surreal feel for me. Leone was an alien to the states who spoke no English yet made films about our past. He was a voracious researcher of U.S. history and watcher of westerns. His films offer a unique outside perspective of the West.

When I was approached to shoot this series, I wanted to get into that world as best I could with what we had to work with. To do so required those big vistas. So I decided to shoot this in the anamorphic aspect ratio and stay wide as much as possible. To get the resolution I also decided to go 4K, which is the newest in HD resolution. Using a small 4K DSLR from Panasonic called the GH4 and a 1.5 X anamorphic lens adaptor from SLR Magic I was able to get the look it required.

I didn’t want to use a zoom lens, so I stayed with primes. In fact on the first episode in Thalia, Texas I used a 14mm Lumix lens the entire time. I loved the feel of it. It felt like home and I stuck with it. I am using a Small HD brand monitor, which allows me to un squeeze the 16:9 feed to 2:35 as I am shooting.

One thing that was interesting for Coleman and I was shooting an interview in the 2:35 aspect ratio. I think that in retrospect that if we had had more time to do the interview we would have probably changed to a zoom lens to give the interview a closer more intimate feel but we didn’t. We rolled with what was on camera and I’m really delighted with the results. It’s fun to compose in this ratio. It really feels unique and you really don’t see interviews composed like this very often. A happy accident I suppose, that I am quite enchanted with and hope to continue as this series progresses. And of course push it a bit further.

If you would like to see some of the raw footage in 4K go to this link and check it out.


Check out our first of hopefully many films here at Once Upon A Town! Our first excursion we set out to to the western part of north Texas (think past Wichita Falls but not to Amarillo) and then headed back south . In the middle of the trip we visited Thalia, Texas in between Vernon and Crowell off highway 70. This town has some great history and plenty of buildings still standing.

There we met Rocky Wisdom and the Gray family who loved to talk about the town and its history and let us in the almost century old school building. Check it out here and help spread the word !

Credits and Technical info after the video.


Director/Editor : Coleman Anderson
Director of Photography : Erik Clapp
Research and Still Photography : Patti Bandy
Music Composers: Paul Unger and Paul Boll

Primary Camera : GH4 in 4k Anamorphic with Anamorphot lens (Erik Clapp)
B Camera : Black Magic Pocket Camera (Coleman Anderson)
Graded with Osiris/Impulz Luts