Flip TV and Decepticon Liberation Front gave us a rare set visit to watch the making of the “Utah Carol” episode of their hit series Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. The location was a cattle ranch on location in Wyoming. An actual ranch that is up for sale. Maybe the extra Hollywood hype helped sell it. We were able to sit down and talk to the series dirrector, Walter Hill, who also directed the western movie Saddle Tramp.
TIMES: Walter, what is it like working on a Western anthology?
HILL: It’s wonderful. I’ve always loved westerns, but there’s not many opportunities to bring them to the big screen nowadays. Working on an anthology series is like getting to make a bunch of little Westerns.
TIMES: Have their been any stand out episodes or moments from the series?
HILL: I’ve enjoyed working on all the episodes, it’s hard to pick any particular one. I was pretty ecstatic about the great reception we got taking Saddle Tramp from the TV show to theaters. Big money at the box office and strong critical response for a Western without any shootouts – what more could you ask for?
TIMES: Who is guest starring in the episode you are currently shooting? What can you tell us about the piece?
HILL: Well, it will be on screens before this interview is posted. The episode is based on the song “Utah Carol”, with Kevin Durand as Utah and Isabelle Allen as his little friend Lenore. I’m not going to give too much away, but it’s about a cowboy who’s willing to do anything for a friend. Watch it now, on demand from Flip TV. And review it! Ha.
TIMES: What does the future of Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs hold? How much longer do you see the series going?
HILL: The end is in sight, we’ve got three episodes left. They will all air next season on Flip TV. It has been a great run, but all good things have to come to an end. I’m going to need a new job soon; looking for a director?