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.