Fergus & Finn were hired to do several movie scenes in a Western called Warpath, set to release early next summer.
It was quite the adventure- a new experience that began with trying new things. The very first was the overhead picket line. With nowhere on the movie set to keep these two mischievous boys out of trouble for the night, we sent the production manager to the Home Depot for ratchet straps. With hay in front of them, it worked well, and now we know we can use this system anywhere we go! Another thing we learned was to take some of our own water with us, treated city water is only good for playing in and sloshing out of the buckets!
The second new experience was steel wheels on gravel and the banging those older wooden wagons can make on rough ground. We practiced both the night before and the morning of shooting. The first couple hundred feet were a bit exciting as the boys acclimated to the noise, but settled down nicely. Angel did most of the driving, being more agile and flexible, I was the ground handler and Kyle was our go-get-stuff guy.
The day of filming started with some quick driving lessons for the actor & actress as they rehearsed their lines for the day.
We did practice runs in preparation of filming.
Shhhh… They finally gave us a radio with strict instructions- when you hear them call ACTION- Stop and BE QUIET- When they call CUT- you can do whatever you like!
We did a fair amount of standing around and waiting…to which Finn lost patience with eventually…
Angel would hunker down under the wagon seat to assist Conner with the line handling and controlling the horses.
At the end of the long day, everyone happily got into the horse trailer and we headed home. It was a day to remember. There’s no guarantee these film clips will be included or end up in the editing room trash bin, but we’ll go see the movie premier when it’s released and let you know!