It was 2 a.m. on the still South Dakota prairie. The cast and crew of Dawn of Conviction had just wrapped up another long day of shooting the first full-length feature produced by Fairfield University students. Exhausted, they looked at the next day’s shooting schedule hoping for a break. They weren’t going to get one.
The train robbery scene: A mere three-and-a-half hours later they would have to create the most complex and expensive scene in this four-part film and they only had one chance to get it right. After all, it’s not like you would want to rent a steam locomotive for a second day.
But by dawn they were ready.
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