Produced and Directed by John McDonald
Director of Photography: Stuart Asbjornsen
Written by Lydia McDonald
Edited by Will Bigham
Post Production Supervisor: Sergio Palermo
Marshal’s Voice: Will Bigham
Tanya’s Voice: Sarah Fairfax
Music provided by Groove Addicts
Aerial Photography by Corporate Helicopters, San Diego
Camera Operator: Marty Zimmerman
Pilot: Ivor Schier
Steadicam and Jib Arm Operator: Jon Myers
Additional Photography: Marty Zimmerman, John McDonald
Sound: John McDonald, Mary Patrick
Audio Post Production: Blaine Stewart
Post: Plus Sound
Camera Assistant: Miguel Ramirez
John McDonald, Producer and Director
A USC Film School alumnus, John has been a filmmaker for the past 35 years. A member of the Directors Guild of America and the International Documentary Association, he has made several award-winning documentaries, including Cotton Eyed Joe, The Ghost Mountain Experiment, and On The Day. He is currently filming Mule: Living on the Outside, a feature-length documentary that takes an intimate look at an intriguing, but controversial character. John is also an avid piper and a founding member of the Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums.
Lydia McDonald, Writer
Lydia has collaborated with her husband John on a number of documentary projects, including the Emmy-award winning The Youngest Victim. Lydia graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in German Linguistics and Literature. She has taught English as a Second Language at Pasadena City College since 1981 and is currently the Chair of the German Department.
Stuart Asbjornsen, Director of Photography
Stuart has extensive experience in both documentary and episodic television productions. He has worked in many parts of the world, including China, Nigeria, Chile, Tierra del Fuego and Afghanistan. His projects have aired on PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and The Learning Channel. Stuart has worked with John McDonald on a number of films over the years, including On The Day.
Will Bigham, Editor
Will Bigham, who is also the voice of Marshal South, a native Texan, has worked as an editor and director in the Los Angeles area for the past two years. Prior to moving to the west coast, Will and his wife Catherine spent five years as resident actors at the Barter Theater, the state theater of Virginia. Will received his MFA in film from Florida State University, and shortly after finishing grad school, Will was hired as the editor for the independent film Tuesday’s Dead, directed by Obren Milanovich.
Sergio Palermo, Post Production Supervisor
A graduate of Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, Sergio has worked on a range of projects from music videos and commercials to corporate videos, documentaries and feature films. Besides his involvement with On The Day, his documentary work includes Los Zafiros: Music from the Edge of Time and End Game: Ethics and Values in America. Stuart also worked on the Millennium Machine for the Museum of Tolerance in LA and the Holocaust Project in NYC, both permanent installations utilizing multiple streams of video on several screens.
Will Bigham, Voice of Marshal South
Will Bigham, who is also the editor, a native Texan, has worked as an editor and director in the Los Angeles area for the past two years. Prior to moving to the west coast, Will and his wife Catherine spent five years as resident actors at the Barter Theater, the state theater of Virginia. Will received his MFA in film from Florida State University, and shortly after finishing grad school, Will was hired as the editor for the independent film Tuesday’s Dead, directed by Obren Milanovich.
Sarah Fairfax, Voice of Tanya South
Sarah is a Juilliard graduate, appeared most recently on General Hospital as Evelyn McIntyre, on Passions as the Mystery Woman and recurred on House as a hospital board member. She stars in the feature Dreammaker and in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder tried to get Wilder expelled. Her one-woman show Dangerous, But Charming had an extended run at Theatre/Theater in Hollywood.