Bridger Productions, in association with London-based, Qube Pictures, and Colorado-based, T-Bone Productions, proudly announce the DVD release of Bobby Bridger's highly-acclaimed epic trilogy, A Ballad of the West. In May, 2004 Bridger, director/producer, Peter Wilson, legendary Texas musicians John Inmon and Bob Livingston (The Lost Gonzo Band), stellar Austin studio musicians Darcy Deville (Austin Lounge Lizards) and Steve Samuel (Natalie Cole), and a crew composed of four cameramen, two sound engineers, and six technical assistants traveled to Nick Meagher's majestic 3,000 acre T-Bone Ranch in Antonito, Colorado. Whether driving or flying, many involved in the project carried video cameras to shoot footage to submit to Wilson's documentary, The Making of A Ballad of the West, that, paired with Wilson's documentary based on Bridger's life and work, Quest of an Epic Balladeer, is also part of the five-disc, boxed-set DVD production of A Ballad of the West.
Once at the T-Bone Ranch the team immediately constructed and adorned a bare stage in a meadow between breath-taking views of the Sangre de Christo and San Juan Mountain ranges. While Bridger and the musicians rehearsed, Wilson's crew surrounded the sound stage with cameras and experimented with the region's incredible natural light. Meanwhile, recording engineers Jim Inmon and Brad Sellers converted a sheep-herders wagon into a make-shift sound studio, rolled it out in the meadow to the set, ran five-hundred yards of extension chords out to bring electrical power our sound stage, and the project was ready to begin. The team spent a week at the T-Bone shooting and recording from daylight to dark until they captured a concert version of Bridger's renowned one man shows.
After the concerts were videoed Bridger, director/co-producer, Peter Wilson, and Wilson's son, Rupert, spent several months in a state-of-the-art, online digital editing facility carefully sorting through each of the four-camera's raw footage until the various perspectives were orchestrated and united into a final three-and-a-half hour concert version of the entire three and one half hour trilogy. While the footage was being edited Bridger and sound engineers, Jim Inmon and Brad Sellers, mixed and mastered the sound track of the trilogy in both stereo and 5.1 sound.
In 2007, after the video was edited and the sound tracks mixed and mastered, Bridger and Wilson decided to edit renowned landscape and wildlife photographer Dewey Vanderhoff's work into the production. Spectacular scenics of the Upper Rockies and Great Plains, as well as rare 16mm footage of mountain man rendezvous reenactments featuring a "young" Bobby Bridger, rare still photography and 16 mm footage of Buffalo Bill and the Wild West, rare still photographs of epic poet John Neihardt and Lakota Holy Man, Black Elk, the photography of Edward S. Curtis, and other historical scenics, photographs, and graphics were added to the final version of the production.