FUNDED: Behind the Scenes with Back On Track Crew

FUNDED: Behind the Scenes with Back On Track Crew

 

Close quarters, inclement weather, and Red Bull to help break sleep deprivation — welcome to the fabulous, but not always glamorous life of the crew from the documentary, Back On Track. Normally behind the camera, we get up close and personal with those bringing the endeavor to life.

 

Meet the Crew
Camera Team
Jennifer Marie Bird
Favorite Location
New Vocations
Cool thing we should know about you
I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember. Painting is where my love of art started.
Favorite Food
Chocolate
3 Top Filming Memories
Traveling to Kentucky was a rush of countryside, cities, red bull, and enthusiasm. Our second day in Kentucky, the weather changed from Fall to Winter, setting the tone for the
rest of filming. During filming, we met some incredibly kind, passionate people.
Growing up, every first Saturday in May my parents were glued to the TV. This made filming in Churchill Downs like a dream. The morning we woke up to film at New Vocations, the air was crisp. The snow was patchy and fresh. It was a perfect sunrise.
Looking back, I realize that filming with the horses made me so aware of the incredible personalities they have. Working on Back on Track is one of my favorite memories as a cinematographer.

 

Camera Team 

Bob Bell

 

Favorite Location
Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center with Graham Motion
Cool thing we should know about you
My beard..?
Favorite Food
Rare steak with mushrooms and mashed potatoes
Favorite Animal
Platypus
3 Top Filming Memories
Getting to meet all the amazing people who are truly dedicated to their horses.
The trainers spend an incredible amount of time with the horses and know the horses’ personalities like no other.
The interview with Kim Zito.

Co-Producer, Camera Team
Zach Lyons
Favorite Location
Old Friends with Michael Blowen
Cool thing we should know about you
I am also a director. I recently finished a documentary on comics. I grew up in Kentucky and my family loves animals. We have two goats, 6 dogs and 3 rabbits.
Favorite Food
Buffalo Wings
Favorite Animal
Doggies
3 Top Filming Memories
We rented a swag rental SUV for our trip to VA to visit Lisa Molloy. On all other trips we were crammed into a 2-door Honda Civic coupe.
Chris McCarron’s interview was in the middle of the summer and inside his tack room. We had two 650 watt lights so the temperature rose to over 100 degrees in the room. Somehow we all survived and the interview was great.
At Old Friends we met the horse that portrayed Seabiscuit in the feature film.

Sound Supervisor, Location Sound and Co-Producer
Matthew Wesdock
 
Favorite Location
Visiting the adorable foals at Akindale
Cool thing we should know about you
I’m a sound designer! I’ve been involved with Back on Track for almost a year now and I’ve had a blast recording horses out in the field and in the stables. When I’m not face to face with a horse and a microphone, I’m spending quality time choosing music for the film. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to use my talents to aid such a great cause!
Favorite Food
Licorice
Favorite Animal
Definitely not cats. They are devious, conniving little creatures.
3 Top Filming Memories
Always working with the bare minimum (using our phones for slates)
Trying to record baby horses and getting my mics bitten
Spending 3 hours in B&H picking out a tripod

 

Editor, Colorist, and Camera Team

Christian Meeks

 

Favorite Location
Virginia with Lisa Molloy
Cool thing we should know about you
I’m 6’7″
Favorite Food
Rice
Favorite Animal
Penguin
3 Top Filming Memories
Showing a horse a camera and watching what they do never gets old.
Flies. We went to VA in the middle of the summer and they were everywhere.
Sweat. The two hottest days of the summer were our two main shooting days.

 


Camera Team

Jasmine Hughes

 

Favorite Location
Virginia with Lisa Molloy
Cool thing we should know about you
I’m a photography major and this was my first time filming a documentary.
Favorite Food
Sushi
Favorite Animal
Panda

 

3 Top Filming Memories

The weird waiter at the food place we went to after a long day at Lisa’s barn.

The GoPro footage that included much of us running back and forth with camera equipment.

Daisy (Lisa’s yellow lab) and the horses!


Camera Team

Jaime Schirmer

 

Favorite Location
Keeneland Racetrack with Larry Jones
Cool thing we should know about you
When I was a teenager I used to event a little black and white pinto named Tuxedo, and I raised and broke a TB cross named Tempo.
Favorite Food
I don’t really have a favorite food
Favorite Animal
Horses (and Zebras)

 

3 Top Filming Memories

It was just so amazing to be at Keeneland and watching the horses train.

We filmed the races and they were incredible.

Also the sunset at Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center was so beautiful and so much fun to shoot.


 

Director, Producer, Writer and Camera Team
Kara Colvin
Favorite Location
I can’t say that I have a favorite. All of them have been incredible. Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, Winstar with Diana Baker and all the visits to Lisa Molloy’s have been very memorable.

Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicap was very touching as well.

Cool thing we should know about you
Ever since I was little I loved rescuing animals. I probably didn’t make the greatest decisions when picking up snakes, different types of lizards and stray cats/dogs.
I once rescued a kitten that scratched me and gave me Cat Scratch Fever – it is definitely a real disease and I had it for over 6 months.
Now, I have my OTTB Jake (pictured), two chinchillas (Chewy and Basil) and a cat (Freeze).
Favorite Food
Bagels with cream cheese
Favorite Animal
Thoroughbreds
3 Top Filming Memories
Never sleeping. Jenn Bird and I slept maybe an hour before our 5 am call time to Three Chimneys. We didn’t arrive home until around midnight. It was a long, but memorable weekend. I think on just about every trip we all have only a couple hours of sleep each night and maybe one meal. We work with what we have. We do not usually have all the equipment we would want. On trips, we have had to make do with what we have and make it work.
As the producer/director, I spend countless hours glued to my laptop and phone. I spend a lot of time talking to different people and planning out locations, equipment, housing, money, travel times, transportation, interviews, shot design, story changes, etc. It has been a long and tiring experience but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Every single person and horse have a story. I hear stories about how OTTBs change lives and the differences that these organizations are making. Each day I am more thankful for the people in this world who dedicate their time to helping horses who can’t take care of themselves. They are truly inspiring.

 

Back On Track Outtakes 

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