Islander plans to soon begin filming a witty Western comedy in Galveston
Galveston could see some cowboys riding on the beach later this spring.
That’s the hope of local actor and film writer Dan Braverman, who, in the next few months, aims to begin filming a witty Western comedy filmed in Galveston.
Braverman this spring hopes to begin filming on a trailer or the first scenes of “The Chifferobe Kid Rides Again,” a Western comedic spoof filled with musical numbers.
Such films, with absurdist humor and playful use of the genre, once were quite popular, Braverman said.
“But there hadn’t been anything in a while,” Braverman said.
Braverman, an islander, has acted in multiple TV shows and movies, including “Stolen” and “Artois the Goat” and now is hoping to translate those skills into writing.
The story features the famed Chifferobe Kid, gunslinger and cowboy, embarking on a journey to find his grand chifferobe, which is like a giant wardrobe. Along the way, he meets trouble and turmoil and a cast of outlandish characters.
In the film, Braverman uses classic Western images — tumbleweeds, gunslingers and spurs, he said.
But that’s where the classic stops.
“People walk into a Western saloon,” Braverman said. “How can we make that totally ridiculous?”
The script is full of impressions, popular culture references and humor of the absurd. He uses sound effects, ridiculous costumes and anachronisms to paint the humor, he said.
“Nothing’s out of bounds,” Braverman said.
Playing the Chifferobe Kid will be islander Jim Nonus, who has acted in the past but turned lately to managing antique stores, including Antiques Pavilion, 2222 Postoffice St. in the island’s downtown.
“I’m delighted to try my chops again,” Nonus said.
In the movie, Nonus is trying to play a slick cowboy figure, he said.
“I’m trying to create this serious, gruff gunslinger,” Nonus said.
Nonus also is having a lot of fun writing the songs for the film, he said.
Braverman also wants to use other local actors in the film and feature Galveston, he said.
In fact, Braverman wants to do everything he can to keep the filming in Galveston, he said.
The interiors of some local bars could be slightly altered to look like a saloon and some creative camera work could turn a beach into a desert, Braverman said. And Galveston has plenty of historic buildings, he said.
Braverman might even find some tumbleweeds to roll across the beach, he said.
“We have everything we need here in Galveston,” Braverman said.
And if the odd modern streetlight is captured in the filming, it’s easy to work the unplanned into a spoof-style script, Braverman said.
Braverman hopes to begin filming a trailer and an initial scene this spring, he said.
He has been revising and adding scenes to bring the script to the length of a feature film, he said. A feature-length film, or theatrical film has a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program.
By the fall, he hopes to have enough material to start getting the movie industry interested in “The Chifferobe Kid Rides Again,” he said.