November is fast approaching and we've been working with our new Director of Photography, Daniel St. Amand on the look of this film. Shotlist, storyboards, equipment needs, lighting considerations, movement, there's alot going on behind the camera and Mr. St. Amand is more than up for the task of filming this western.


Daniel grew up in Manhattan, Kansas before attending the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan. He has written and directed several films of his own and worked as a camera operator, grip, gaffer, cinematographer, editor, and colorist on a number of shorts and features. He currently owns his own small business, St. Amand Film & Photography. He recently completed his short film "Carpenter" in conjunction with the Manhattan Arts Center and is excited to shoot in South Dakota this November.

You can donate to help us film this by donating below: All donation are tax deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsor From The Heart Productions.

Final Push Through May

Halfway through May, we're working on multiple ways to finance this western. Fundraisers, Investors, Business Sponsors, Product Placement & raffles.

There is 2 more weeks left on our Indiegogo campaign. Backers can not only get various perks for different donation amounts, but are also entered into a prize giveaway drawing.
There's also some sales we're running on item's, pre-orders and on set experiences till the end of the campaign
$25 DVD of The Long Look Back (2018)

$35 Blu-Ray of The Long Look Back (2018)

$40 Reproduction of necklace worn by the actresses. Made by Wheeler Manufacturing

$50 Howlite Bolo Tie (gun lanyard prop) by Rocky Mountain Western Wear

$100 Soundtrack on Vinyl Record

$200 Day on Set
$500 Day on Set with Dinner & Lodging

We've created a page for our Business Sponsors. These include businesses that have pledged donations  or are offering discounted services to the production. As low as a $50 donation pledge gets a business on our website and Facebook page, and pledges over $250 come with additional perks and advertising of their business alongside the movie.
Businesses that can offer discounts in products or services the production needs also qualify, such as for catering & fuel. These kind of deals can also help us move the goal posts a bit so to speak, if we can get discounts in exchange for using their services or offering a stake in the movie's revenue, we can lower that target goal of $100,000 down. Contact or 605-848-3060 if you'd like to become a sponsor.

A little trickier, but also fun to figure out, is product placement deals. There is a scene with a traveling merchant who has a variety of goods on display on and around his wagon, and the interiors and exteriors of a homestead set, where we can put various products. We're much more limited in what products we can promote than other productions, because this is a period piece and we want props that aren't distracting and noticeably anachronistic as we strive for as accurate and immersive an experience as possible. Again interested parties can contact or at 605-848-3060.

Currently ongoing are raffle ticket sales for a pair of Henry lever action rifles.  Tickets are available in Isabel, SD at Locken's Oil & Gas station and Sparky's Bar & Grill. 10% of ticket sales sold in Isabel benefit the 4H group Wildcat Deadeye Shooting Club.
In Bison, SD tickets can be purchased at the Bison Public Library. %10 of Bison ticket sales benefit the Bison Earle Museum. Lastly in Lemmon tickets can be bought at the Lemmon Public Library and Smith's Drug & Clothier, where the two rifles are also on display. 10% of sales benefit the Lemmon Library.

Lastly investors are always welcome, with planned releases large digital platforms such as Google Play, and iTunes along with dozens of theater screenings across the Dakotas and Midwest, The Long Look Back's low budget offers a low entry, low risk investment. Investment materials & info packets can be requested by interested parties by contacting

Final Proof of Concept Trailer Premieres

The final trailer from our proof of concept shoot last Fall, 2016 premiered last night on our Facebook page & YouTube Channel. Enjoy

A sale for the Indiegogo campaign continues until midnight tonight. Follow links below for the discounted items & pre-orders available:

SD Made Wheeler Pendant- $40:

Howlite Bolo Tie $50:

DVD- $25:

Blu-Ray -$35:

Vinyl Record- $90:

Day on Set w/Lunch- $300:

Rifle Raffle Ticket Locations & Organizations Benefitted

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Fundraising Update

You can help us reach our funding goal by donating to the Indiegogo campaign, and sharing our fundraiser to tell people why they should be excited about this new western set in the Dakotas, or by becoming a business sponsor, where we'll plug your business on our website and Facebook page, along with featuring your business on future advertisements for the film.

Hello Long Look Back fans!

You can contribute to the  fundraiser here:

There are multiple ways to support us through Indiegogo, you can either just make a straight donation by clicking the "Back It" button to the right of the video, or select any of the many perks on the right side bar.
Several of the perks allow you to pre-order the movie, and receive it on either DVD, Blu-Ray or Digital Download when it releases next spring. Others let you buy reproductions of some of the props the actors will be using, or to even get to spend a day on set with the cast & crew during shooting!

Regardless of what you decide,  $5 or more gets you into the prize drawing for the Super Bundle, which includes jewelry by Wheeler Mfg and a bolo tie by Rocky Mountain Western Wear, along with a handmade custom purse and rifle sling by Anderson Custom Leather, and more!

Lastly, tickets for the Henry rifle raffle will be available soon. The gun will be on display at Smith's Drug in Lemmon with tickets for sale there, and at the Bison Library in Bison and Sparky's Bar and Grill in Isabel. Limited to 1000 tickets available. $10 a ticket with discounts for bundles. 10% of money raised will go to a local organization of the town where the tickets are being sold, so check into the ticket sale site to see which organization you can help raise funds for in addition to helping make The Long Look Back.

Trailer in Theaters, Raffles and Indiegogo!

Excited to announce that a new 2 minute cut of our proof of concept trailer will be debuting in some North Dakota and South Dakota theaters. These are the following confirmed theaters:

Palace Theater, Lemmon, SD

Playhouse Theater, Mott, ND

Bowman Theater, Bowman, ND

Elks Theatre, Rapid City, SD

Will update on when they began running the trailer in their previews soon. Also working on theaters in Eagle Butte, Rapid City, Mobridge, Minot and Fargo.

Second, we'll be starting selling tickets for a Henry lever action rifle soon. Will be a larger caliber rifle with brass receiver, although exact model hasn't been determined yet. Those interested will be able to find tickets in towns around the Northwest quadrant of South Dakota. Tickets are limited to around 500 and will retail for $20 a ticket with discounts on bundles.

Lastly our Indiegogo fundraising campaign will launch March 29th! We've arranged an assortment of goodies for backers of the movie including signed movie posters, pre-orders of special editions of the DVD and Blu-Ray, prop reproductions and more. Every contribution of $5 or more will also enter that person in a giveaway for some Dakota made prizes.

Full Credits for Proof of Concept Trailer

Cast and Crew on location at the tail end of Day 3. From Left to Right: Adam Eurich, Jim Hatzel, Corben Alley, Brody Kronberg, Bailey Bruns, Lane Alley, Robert Shields.

Cast and Crew on location at the tail end of Day 3. From Left to Right:
Adam Eurich, Jim Hatzel, Corben Alley, Brody Kronberg, Bailey Bruns, Lane Alley, Robert Shields.

As we near the release of the full proof of concept trailer and starting the main fundraising push to get this movie made I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone involved in helping us get this far. The shoot for just the concept trailer itself was difficult, with long days of prep and then longer days of shooting. Thankfully everyone was into making this happen 100 percent, the weather cooperated, and some people chipped in what we desperately needed at the last minute.

Concept Trailer Cast:
Robert Shields - Barry Morris
Daniel Bielinski - Harris
Magdalina Egan - Sarah Green
Jim Hatzel - Merchant and Shack Kasinski(stand in)

Adam Eurich - Cinematographer - Did amazing work with practically no crew help and a limited set of tools using mainly natural light. Came up with many extra shots during filming that you can find throughout the trailer.
Brody Kronberg - Animal wrangler - brought his family's horses Sonny, Dude and Grey out for us and was exceptional at working with his animals and the actors.
Jim Hatzel - Prop and Wardrobe - A seasoned man of western period productions, Jim's arsenal of weapons, saddles, clothes and other props proved invaluable in giving our production an authentic look. His experience and historical knowledge are a great asset to the production.
Kallie Kronberg - Asst. Animal Wrangler/Production Assistant - Got us a line for the horses we needed after several other options had fell through. Helped out with whatever was needed on set.
Gator Grip & Lighting - Rented key equipment from this Rapid City outfit.

Composer: Jesus Contreras, a talented musician who lent his skills to help score the trailer and will hopefully be available to score the feature as well.

Special Thanks to:
Jim Rosenau - Provided support, beautiful filming locations on his own land, offered accommodations and fed the whole cast and crew one night.
Randy & Jenifer Alley - Provided support, lodged the cast and crew for the duration of the shoot, provided lunch catering, dinner and some great locations to film on.
David & Kristi Alley - Allowed us to shoot on their amazing lands near the Grand River.
Lane Alley & Bailey Bruns - Guided us around during filming and even provided fire fighting services that were fortunately not needed.
John Lopez - Brought down his own tipi and set it up for us to use in a scene. Connected the director Corben Alley with some important people that would help with the production in one way or another.
Dennis Lindskov - Allowed us to film on his land and provided an antique wagon and horses for a scene we needed.
Jeff Jensen - Showed us around his place south of the Slim Buttes where we were able to get some ideas for where to film scenes when the movie goes into production.
Jeremy Van Driel- Was the animal wrangler for our Sunday morning wagon scene.
Zane Verhoust - Let us scout his land around the southern half of the Slim Buttes.
Markus Erk - Directed us to some land owners around the Slim Buttes.
Isabel Wagner - An actress in the full feature that has been a great supporter of the production.
Julie Brodhead - Supporter of the production.

And thanks to the South Dakota Arts Council and many more...


Proof of Concept Trailer Wraps Shoot

A small skeleton crew and a handful of the core cast wrapped shooting on the promotional sizzle reel for The Long Look Back on October 2nd. 4 days of remote filming in northwestern South Dakota got us some amazing footage and some great acting performances. More stills from the shoot to come and be on the lookout for the full trailer in the coming months. We hope the trailer shows the potential of what the feature film can be.

The shoot helped us figure out how filming this out here in South Dakota, outdoors, with horses, was going to work. The experience was mostly positive and extremely heartening in what we were able to accomplish. We look forward to shooting the full movie next year with your support.

Full Production Pushed to 2017- Trailer being shot this September 2016

While we were all disappointed to have to push back shooting the film till next year, we're excited to announce that we'll be shooting a high quality trailer this Fall with some of the principle actors and our cinematographer on location in South Dakota. We're hoping a well executed trailer showcasing our actors and the landscape will help further promote the movie and attract more interest from potential backers.

We look forward to sharing some of the footage and a completed trailer with you, as well as some behind the scenes footage, photographs and story boards, with you this winter.

-Corben Alley