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Shining a Light on The Lone Star | Texas BBQ

Production – The first of three JCP “Shining a Light on the Lone Star” Texas based, short-film profiles.

Location – Snow’s BBQ, Lexington, Texas

Subject - Tootsie Tomanetz, 81-year-old pitmaster

Call time – 4 a.m. in the pit, a 2:30 a.m. departure from our basecamp in Austin.

Backdrop – An open-air, smoke and spark-filled restaurant in the heart of Texas.

Talent –Tootsie, Kerry, and the crew…

Craft Service Love – Iced tea, king-size in styrofoam cups.

Gear Tip – Greasy hands are a compliment when it comes to Movi jib moves.

Lighting – Fiilex P360 kit & Visual Buddha LED panels.

Camera – (2) Canon 1DX MKII

The Unexpected – A queue starting at 6 a.m. Folks traveling from Houston for Snow’s 8 a.m. official opening.

Styling Highlights – Greasy aprons.
Prop Love – BBQ mitts, greasy aprons, stacks of firewood, vats of baked beans. Everything that compliments the art of slow smoking a beautiful piece of meat.

Set Surprise – The kitchen hand who tends the baked beans and other sides is 94 years old!
Quote of the day -  “It’s fun one day a week. Any more than that and it’s work!”

Weather – Cooler at 4AM, warming by the minute as the pits and sun came to life.

Parting Creative – A video profile and library of still images highlighting Tootsie Tomanetz, Pitmaster at Snow’s BBQ.

Crew High – Departing with a full-belly, bbq breakfast rounding out the experience.