|Big Sam is a tribute to the American West
in the fullest sense. For both the real and
fictional west have a history of their own.
The story was inspired by Buddy's song,
Big Sam. But there were questions the
story had to answer. Where did Big Sam
come from? How did he end up in church?
For inspiration on how to expand the story
we turned to the classic Roy Rogers and
Lone Ranger radio and TV programs
(some our personal favorites.)
If you listen closely you'll recognize some
pretty familiar voices. See if you can
guess who they are.
For the sound effects, they were a
combination of libraries and foley effects
we made ourselves.
For the horse hooves
on the bridge, we used our front porch
and a pair of (very large) horseshoes form
our back yard.
The sounds of the wood stove, were from
an authentic 1800's wood stove. Plus we
needed the sounds of cast iron skillets
and pocket watches.
The gunshots and some of the train
sounds will be recognizable to viewers of
Jimmy Stewart's western movies, such as
Winchester 73. The large lightning bolt
was from some of the classic Hanna-
Barbara cartoons many of your parents
watched as children.
The place names in the story are based on
actual locations in San Bernardino
County, California. The small town of
Belleville was once a thriving mining town
during the 1860's, but now is only a
Buddy Davis' horse is named Cowboy.
Buddy really is proficient with a bullwhip,
as seen in his Amazing Adventures series.