Production – The second of three JCP “Shining a Light on the Lone Star” Texas short-film profiles.
Location – Hill Country (Just outside Austin, Texas).
Backdrop – Small horse stable, acres of land, and a farrier’s truck with an assortment of tools of a farrier’s trade.
Styling Highlights – Portable / mobile gas forge.
Subject – Andrew Desoto, Farrier at Desoto Hoofcare
Producer Magic – Calming a neighbor we came upon on a long, rural driveway. She was dialing the police, assuming we were uninvited and up to something suspicious (likely startled by the first-light “whine” of our drone just clearing her treetops).
Lighting – Break of dawn, ambient.
Camera – (2) Canon 1DX MKII
The Unexpected – Smoke filling our frames as the hot, fresh from the forge horseshoes met the horses feet. One of those, "glad the cameras are rolling," moments as the visual made for a beautiful final shot in the edit.
Prop Love – Horseshoes, hammers, nails, portable forge and anvil.
Set Surprise – Farrier terminology coming at us during our interview i.e. clenches, clips, etc.
Quotes of the day - “At some point I turned into my Dad and Grandpa and got really into tools and making things.” “The Marine Corps ruined me to the point if I’m not hot, sweaty and dirty I don’t feel like I’ve been working.”
Inspiration and Appreciation - Watching Andrew shoe a horse for an actual client. His moves were calculated perfection with a serene presence. He’s both part horse whisperer and metal fabricator.
Weather – Texas hot and even hotter while standing near the forge.
Parting Creative – A video profile and library of still images highlighting Andrew Desoto, proprietor and farrier - Desoto Hoofcare.