This was quite an ambitious shoot from the very start. With a limited budget (compared to the rest of the car world) and a big script, lots of smart thinking was put in place to bring this AD to life. Animal stunts are usually the unknown factor. You could spend hours, days trying to get a animal stunt working. Pretending to pull a horse out of a muddy bog was always going to be a challenge, And the last thing we all wanted was to hurt or stress the animal. Luckily we found an incredible horse wrangler in South Africa Cape Town by the name of Michelle Mazurkiewicz who is an amazing horse trainer. And Im going to say stunt woman as well as she had to climb in with the horse each stunt. Then dive under water to hide her self... ? Which I thought was mad, because I could have painted her out. She was awesome. The team built a huge wooden box with a ramp and stairs and buried it deep into the earth, the horse was coursed down the ramp into a narrow hall to which it found steps at the end to which it climbed out. Just steep enough for it to look like it struggled, but in fact it did it quite easily once the horse new how to climb out. A 3d rope was added to look as if it was being pulled by the car. We had to make sure we nailed the firs few takes before it became to easy looking on camera.
We also used one of the first CINEFLEX camera gyro gimbals able to take the RED EPIC. What amazed me is we used the zoom lens that was used on a 2/3 inche SONY video camera what blew me away was it covered 5k !!! We were all shocked and happy at the same time, because now we could get up to 2000mm from the air stabilised. The Crew where solid in Africa, At first they thought I was mad !!! and dreaming thinking I could shoot so many shots in one day... They were pleasantly surprised when we finished on time and to schedule each day. The art director Will Boyes put huge amounts of effort into the project and I was thankful he was with us. I kept my RED DRAGON camera configuration simple as we had to knock off about 60 different shots per day.
Thank you to the line producers from theshootinggallery.co.za in Cape town, And to Prashant at Production company100FRAMES in Mumbai India for the producing the project and inviting me to your crazy adventure. :)