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"The Witness" Credits

This article first appeared in
..in 70mm
The 70mm Newsletter

Put together by: Thomas Hauerslev Issue 60 - March 2000

70mm frame blow up from "The Witness". Picture supplied by Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.

Original title
: The Witness. The Pequot War of 1636-1638. Filmed in: 65mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal cinematography filmed in: Arriflex ARRI 765. A hand held 65mm Panavision HSHR camera was also used. Presentation format: 70mm and six track DTS Sound. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Year of production: 1997. Released by: “The Witness” is not generally released. World premiere (Release date): July 31, 1998. Premiere cinemas: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.

Kieth Merrill, George Burdeau. Director: Kieth Merrill, George Burdeau. Screenplay: Kieth Merrill. Director of photography: T. C. Christensen. Film editor: Kathleen Korth. Music: Merrill Jensen. Location Sound: Andy Wiskes. Sound Design: Michael McDonough. Production Designer: Richard Jameson. Set decorator: Les Boothe.

Key Make up: Greg Moon. Stunt Co-ordinator: Loren Janes. Costume Design: Kathrine Warner. Propmaster: Lisa Eagar. Makeup: Greg Moon. Stunt Coordinator: Loren Janes. Special Effects: Mack Chapman. Casting: Rene' Haynes. Wrangler:
Rick Reed. Language Consultant: Wayne Newell Cast (role): Edward Spears (Wampishe), T. Dan Hopkins (Old Wampishe), Steve Valentine (John Endicott), Crystal Nava (Wampishe Sister), Jill Scott Momaday (Pequot Mother), Flint Eagle (Kipoquam), Santos Hawk's Blood (Uncas), Ian Goodwin (Chaplin Stone), Monte Deer (Narrangansett Sachem), Kapri Monet (Captured English Girl), George Hummingbird (Sassacus), Joe Inscoe (John Mason), Casey Camp Horinek (Wampishe Mother), Jon Tindle (Treaty Officer). Narrator: Billy Day Dodge. Production company: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Executive producer: Theresa Hayward Bell, Jack Campisi, Kevin McBride. Line producer: Jeff Miller. Co-Producer: Hanay Geiogamah.  First Assistant director: J.B. Rogers. Property master: Lisa Egger. Post Production Supervision: Rick Gordon, RPG Productions. First assistant cameramen: Gordon Huston, Zep Christensen. Focus pullers: Zep Christensen, Gordon Huston and Eddie Rodriquez. B Camera Operator: George Griner. Steadicam Operator: Jeff Mart. Gaffer: Rhett Fernsten. Key Grip: Matt Stelling. Locatipon: Tennessee and Maryland, USA. Filmstock: Eastman Kodak 65mm 5248, 5279 and 5293  for daylight exposures. 65mm negative developing & processing: CFI.  Color timer: Ron Wengler. Color by: CFI. Sound system: Digital Theatre System. 70mm running time: 32 minutes and 29 seconds.

Various notes about the film:
“The Witness” is shown with Strong Century 35/70 projectors in two 110 seat cinemas on 45 x 25 feet (13,7 x 7,6 m) curved screens as part of the permanent exhibits of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. “The Witness” was commissioned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation specifically for the Museum. “The Witness” can be seen every day at: Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, PO Box 3180, Mashantucket, CT 06339, USA. Phone: +1 860-396-6857. Synopsis: “The Witness” is a half-hour film that dramatizes the events of the Pequot War, 1636-38, including the massacre of approximately 600 Pequots at Mystic in 1637. Further reading reference: in camera, October 1999. The 70mm Newsletter, Issue 60, March 2000.

Further in 70mm reading:

Filming of "The Witness"

A review of "The Witness"

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Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center


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