In 2011, Amazon Studios held a competition for writers and filmmakers to create Test Films for their new streaming service, Amazon Prime. Black Hat, a 70 minute post-apocalyptic western shot completely against green screen, and composited with 2d and 3d backgrounds in post, won the $100,000 Best Test Film award in August of that year.
Black Hat was produced and directed by Sean Tracy (MonstrintheDark), written by Toby Jon Osborne (Virginia Obscura) , and shot by cinematographer Derek Aspenberg (https://vimeo.com/user3928447). Steve O'Regan and Eric Felix contributed their talents as grips, audio engineers, and camera assistants.
Black Hat stars an amazing cast of NYC actors:
Shak Brenner as Monroe
David Nelson Taylor as Mark Callum
Clifton Dunn as Shaun Callum
Chaka DeSilva as Jameison
Jason Vail as Sam
Pascal Yen-Pfister as Renor
Ed Sheldon as Sheriff Crowe
Patricia Olvera as The Madam
Ian Kurtz as Gabe
Roberta Kirshbaum as Rose
Mike Kennelty as The Stranger
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