After the disappointment of not pulling off Perishing Hearts in the June 1987, Terry took ten months to re-group and come back with something a little more attainable. Terry put together a team of actors and a cameraman from his Army base @ Fort Polk, Louisiana. Terry’s then wife Madison and his Army buddy James Daniels wrote the story that become short film/long-form music video One Shot, One Kill. The video incorporates military war sound effects, voice over and the song “Method To Your Madness” from Metal Church’s pivotal album The Dark to tell the story.
Madison Wickham (she was not Madison DiLoren yet) depicted the lead role of “Maddie”, while James Daniels portrayed “Jake”, a Vietnam-vet who becomes enraged when he finds out his wife “Maddie” has moved onto another man “Terry Jensen”, played by the Director Terry Wickham. Terry’s platoon mate Eric Shumaker played “Eric” and one of the prettiest ladies on base, Martha Castlejohn took on the role of “Casey.”
Terry’s platoon Sargeant, Dale Webb handled Director of Photography duty.
Saturday April 23, 1988, the whole team traveled West to the Sabine River, which divided the state of Louisiana and Texas. The video was shot in 7 hours on the Texas side of the river.
Terry says, “I had a lot of fun doing One shot, One Kill. First of all it was nice to have a break and direct something someone else had written. It was also fun to work with my fellow soldiers because these men and women were pretty tough and could handle anything thrown at them. Madison and James wrote a story that had warmth in the center, but surrounded by action and even a little blood.”
The short film captures not only James Daniels’ expert ability as not only a warrior but his fearless approach with action. Terry goes on, “When we had our little fight in the film, I had fun getting chased through the woods, down a hill and landing into a big puddle of mud. When James carries me out to the Sabine River, throws me in and then holds me under, it was actually pretty real as the impact with the water knocked the air out of me. But I stayed underwater as long as I as I could, for the sake of not ruining the take.”
The climatic ending really left an impression on Terry, “I was kind of worried that James would get hurt attempting that physical stunt at the end. When Madison shot him, he threw himself backwards, doing a headfirst somersault down the hill and that not only took big time courage but the physical expertise to pull off without getting injured doing it. He just blew me away. It’s probably the biggest physical stunt in any of my movies in almost thirty years.”
The feisty brunette (Martha Castljohn) puts up a fight.