One Shot, One Kill

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.

Left to right; Eric Shumaker, Martha Castlejohn, Terry, James Daniels, Dale Webb
Left to right; Eric Shumaker, Martha Castlejohn, Terry, James Daniels, Dale Webb.  Lead actress/co-Writer Madison Wickham took this photo and when Terry & Madison later divorced, she kept all photos that she was in.

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.”

Director of Photography Dale Webb (second from left) discusses the shoot with the team.  Martha Castlejohn (far left), Terry, James Daniels and Eric Shumaker listen.
Director of Photography Dale Webb (second from left) discusses the shoot with the team. Martha Castlejohn (far left), Terry, James Daniels and Eric Shumaker listen.  It’s kind of telling that the Texaco sign stands in the distance, as the film was shot in the lone star state of Texas.

Terry’s platoon Sargeant, Dale Webb handled Director of Photography duty.

James Daniels was definitely one tough dude.  Here he hangs in his liar, waiting to strike his next unsuspecting victim.
James Daniels was definitely one tough dude. Here he hangs in his liar, waiting to strike his next unsuspecting victim.  This set was underneath the Burr’s Ferry Bridge located where Louisiana’s Highway 8 becomes Texas 63 highway.

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.

The Burr's Ferry Bridge was opened in 1925 and is located in Burkeville, Texas, near the mouth of Pearl Creek.
The Burr’s Ferry Bridge was opened in 1925 and is located in Burkeville, Texas, near the mouth of Pearl Creek.

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.”

When in Texas, it's appropriate to strike the right pose.  Here Terry does next to the Burr's Ferry Bridge location.
When in Texas, it’s appropriate to strike the right pose. Here Terry does next to the Burr’s Ferry Bridge location.

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.”

James Daniels holds Terry down in the Sabine River.  The director did his best not to come up though the air was knocked out of him when he was thrown down into the water.  The Sabine River is 510 miles long.
James Daniels holds Terry down in the Sabine River. The director did his best not to come up though the air was knocked out of him when he was thrown down into the water. The Sabine River is 510 miles long.

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.”

James Daniels amazingly without padding or any protection to a headfirst leap backwards after "Maddie" shots him with a shotgun at the end of One Shot, One Kill.
James Daniels amazingly without padding or any protection, took a headfirst leap backwards after “Maddie” shots him with a shotgun at the end of One Shot, One Kill.
Terry applies the test make-up for the Vietnam Vet killer character.  The final make up used in the  film was done by James Daniels himself.
Terry applies the test make-up for the Vietnam Vet killer character.
Test make up.  A little KISS influence, just maybe:)
Test make up on James Daniels. A little KISS influence, just maybe:)
Director Terry Wickham with Director of Photography Dale Webb, who shot the film on a Panasonic Omnivision Video Camera.
Director Terry Wickham with Director of Photography Dale Webb, who shot the film on a Panasonic Omnivision Video Camera.
Terry and Eric Shumaker find props to dress the set.
Terry and Eric Shumaker find props to dress the set.
Terry dresses the Killer's Liar, which was underneath the Burr's Ferry Bridge.
Terry dresses the Killer’s Liar, which was underneath the Burr’s Ferry Bridge.
Besides the obvious message of Terry & Madison (who were married at the time) if you look closely you will see guns, pick axes, bullet shells and James Daniels other military accessories.  This set was the underbelly of the Burr's Ferry Bridge.
Besides the obvious message of Terry & Madison (who were married at the time), if you look closely you will see guns, pick axes, bullet shells and James Daniels’ other military accessories. Daniels was totally committed to accurate portraying the character and situation.
James Daniels sits relaxing before shooting.  The writing on the wall says it all in terms of his character's feelings.
James Daniels sits relaxing before shooting. The writing on the wall says it all in terms of his character’s feelings.
Would you want to mess around with this guy?  James Daniels totally bought into the character and even co-wrote the script.
Would you want to mess around with this guy? James Daniels totally bought into the character and even co-wrote the script.

 

This lizard was an onset visitor, attached to the Burr's Ferry Bridge.
This lizard was an onset visitor, attached to the Burr’s Ferry Bridge.

 

"Death waits from above" as James Daniels surveys from the Burr's Ferry Bridge.
“Death waits from above” as James Daniels surveys from the Burr’s Ferry Bridge.

 

Terry directs James Daniels in the woods of Texas.  Eric Shumaker and DP Dale Webb are crouched down on the right.
Terry directs James Daniels in the woods of Texas. Eric Shumaker and DP Dale Webb are crouched down on the right.

 

It looks like Terry is actually enjoying being chased by the Killer (James Daniels).
It looks like Terry is actually enjoying being chased by the Killer (James Daniels).  It was okay for him to smile this particular shot, because the camera was shooting this from behind (see DP Dale Webb on ground to right).

 

Terry directs the chase from out of the woods on the sand of the Sabine River.  Left to right; Martha, Eric, Dale Webb and James Daniels listen.
Terry directs the chase from out of the woods on the sand of the Sabine River. Left to right; Martha, Eric, Dale Webb and James Daniels listen.
After falling into a puddle, Terry scuffles with the killer (James Daniels).
After falling into a puddle, Terry scuffles with the killer (James Daniels).  Eric Shumaker stands out of frame watching the fellas go at it.  Little does he know he’s next.

 

James Daniels carries Terry to finish their fight in the Sabine River.  The two military buddies worked out with weights together on the base of Fort Polk, Louisiana.
James Daniels carries Terry to finish their fight in the Sabine River. The two military buddies worked out with weights together on the base of Fort Polk, Louisiana.

 

James Daniels walks away content for finishing off Terry.  The real life friends once estimated the approximate total number of rounds shot in the Gatling Gun jungle shootout scene in the movie Predator.
James Daniels walks away victorious. The real life friends once spent an evening estimating the approximate total number of rounds fired in the Gatling Gun/jungle shootout scene in the movie Predator.
Eric Shumaker in the movie, sits drinking a cool one along the banks of the Sabine River.
Eric Shumaker in the movie, sits drinking a cool one along the banks of the Sabine River.
James Daniels makes it a little tough for Eric Shumaker to hear things correctly.  Terry looks amused at what his Army buddies are doing, while Dale Webb shoots.
James Daniels makes it a little tough for Eric Shumaker to hear things correctly. Terry looks amused at what his Army buddies are doing, while Dale Webb shoots.
Martha Castlejohn as "Casey" kicks "Jake" (James Daniels) where it counts.
Martha Castlejohn as “Casey” kicks “Jake” (James Daniels) where it counts.
Martha didn't give into the Killer (James Daniels) easily.  The girl put up a fight.
Martha didn’t give into the Killer (James Daniels) easily.

The feisty brunette (Martha Castljohn) put up a fight.

The feisty brunette (Martha Castljohn) puts up a fight.
"Jake" (James) is too much for "Casey" (Martha) to  handle, as the military killer takes her out of action.
“Jake” (James) is too much for “Casey” (Martha) to handle, as the military killer takes her out of action.

 

 

Besides the cinematography, Dale Webb cooked up the grub on his portable grill.  Terry really enjoyed working with the Southern Gentleman.
Besides the cinematography, Dale Webb cooked up the grub on his portable grill. Terry really enjoyed working with the Southern Gentleman.

 

A job well done.  Martha Castlejohn, Eric Shumaker, Terry, James Daniels, Dale Webb and Dale's friend (I can't remember his name) made a formable team together.  Lead actress, co-writer Madison DiLoren took this picture.
A job well done. Martha Castlejohn, Eric Shumaker, Terry, James Daniels, Dale Webb and Dale’s friend (I can’t remember his name) made a formable team together. Lead actress, co-writer Madison Wickham (now DiLoren) took this picture.