Benchrest Documentary - Phoenix Nationals Coverage

My name is Sheldon Charron, and I'm a Canadian actor, writer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles.  I'm also a shooter. My goal is to do a 30-45 minute documentary on benchrest, covering the origins of the sport, it's expansion throughout the US, into Europe, the UK, NZ, etc. to date. Watch the video for my full vision and a bit of my background. You can also look me up on imdb at

I recently did a short bio documentary for Mike Bryant called The Precision Riflesmith that went over really well. It got me thinking about doing something much larger to help preserve the heritage os benchrest and also stimulate the sport.

The Phoenix National event is coming up in about a week, so it's critical for me to get there to Interview key players and get coverage while I have so many people in one place. With some of the founders in their 90's, sadly, this may be the last chance to get their stories on camera and get some footage of them in action. If can raise enough before the event, I will drop everything else I'm working on, drive from Los Angeles to Phoenix with my gear and hire a PA to help me cover the event.

That is just the beginning though, as people like Tony Boyer have asked that I interview him at home, and I might have to travel to other locations and events to follow the story. While I'm most concerned about getting enough funding to cover Phoenix, I encourage everyone to help where they can, as any additional funds will be put to good use in the larger project and for post production, etc. The more we raise, the better quality product I can put out for the community. Productions like this cost money, and it will likely take a good six months+ of my life to collect and organize all the old photos and footage, film all the interviews, a story and b-roll, do all the editing, post production, color correction/grading, sound mastering and graphics to complete my vision. Please watch the pitch video for a complete explanation of what I want to do, consider making a donation and share the fundraiser with your friends.

BELOW PHOTO: I never shot benchrest when I was younger, but I was a huge varmint hunter, and adopted all the techniques to shoot tighter groups and take critters back home in Canada at long range. I had a a list serve back when the internet first came online, and then a chat room on AOL we called The Red Mist Room, which later became Seekers of the Red Mist or SRM for short (silly I know). I was already a big fan of Walt Berger and his bullets. I met Walt and Eunice Berger in about 1994 at a Varmint Hunters Jamboree in South Dakotah. As you've probably figured out, that's me on the right. ;)

You can check out more of my work using these links: 

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Sheldon Charron 
North Hollywood, CA
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