Tech Hunt is set in the post apocalyptic future of Earth. After an EMP storm wipes out all technology, the most ruthless Tech Hunters set out to find the last remnants knowledge of technology.
At the start of this year I found out about the filming, which was due to take place up in Yorkshire. So, after many a email with one of the producers to find out more details about Tech Hunt, I decided to put my name forward to be one of the ruthless Tech Hunters. There would be two filming days with the first day being for the filming of the chase/battle scenes and the second day for the close up shots of the stunt riders and their gang.
The film was being shot up near Doncaster and was unfortunately to far for me to take one of my own horses, so I got in contact with a few friends from the Yorkshire Endurance Groups. I was put in touch with Christine and David Hull who kindly offered me their horse Hassam. Hassam (also called Sam for short) is a 15.3hh pure bred Arab gelding, who is at advanced level in endurance. He is calm, gentle character and having been to many big endurance rides is quite comfortable being in a large group of horses, so sounded perfect for the job.
The two days filming were to take place on the 18th and 19th March. I drove up a few days before to stay with family and to go meet Christine, Dave and Hassam. Christine also joined me on day 1 with her other endurance horse Mabel.
Day 1 saw an rise early at 5am with snow starting to fall but luckily there was none at the location. I was staying 40 miles away from the shoot and I probably should not of persisted driving through the snow but I am too stubborn to know when to quit! 6.30am saw us in makeup and wardrobe. Yes, I was roughed up and given a few battle marks.
Riding in this film would be the first time I was to ride Sam. As we had some time before our call for our first scene I got the chance to put Sam through his paces before heading off "to battle".
It was a very, very long day with riding in cold, wet weather. All the horses definitely got used to hearing the words "READY!" and were far more jittery once that word was shouted. The other word often heard was "RESET!" so that scenes could be retaken so that cameras could take shots at different angles.
Midday saw us have a cooked lunch before back out on the horses for some more scenes and pretend firing of our guns. Before heading home to get warm, dry and some much needed sleep before day 2.
Onto day 2 and another early rise. There were only a few riders for this day as it was mostly for the close up shots of the stunt riders, featuring the main actors who were from Atkinson Action Horses. Watching these riders in action left me in awe! These horses are highly trained to react to the slightest of movement to the rider and the rider must put great trust in their horse to be able to do the stunts they do on horse back!
Day 2 was dry and sunny and I enjoyed being on location a lot. Especially, when getting the chance to pick the brains of these professionals who were also from the Les Amis stunt team and The Company of Horsemen stunt team between scenes. I did also relay some information about endurance too, not sure I managed to persuade them to try it out though.
It has to be said that Hassam was a brilliant horse to ride. He did everything asked of him and quickly learnt to go from a standstill to gallop, as well as come off the leg in order for us to circle around markers. He was fantastic in all scenes and I can not thank Christine and David enough for letting me ride him and to David for chauffeuring Hassam to location and being on hand through out!!!
The film will be released later on this year across the internet. I have already had the chance to see some of the official photographs of some scenes but unfortunately am not allowed to share with the general public.
For those who have not seen the trailer yet here is the link.
I'll let you all know once the film has been released.
**PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RIDE WITHOUT A HELMET IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND YOU WILL BE PUTTING YOUR LIFE AT RISK! RIDING WITHOUT A HELMET IS NOT SOMETHING I ADVISE!**