As many of you know, reined cow horse isn’t a discipline that can be explained in a quick way. It’s complicated—four stages of training, three events, and all the complexities of each event.
This is where graphics and animation can be really handy! Eric and I decided that the quickest way to explain the fence work would be with an animation. But how do we describe to our animation designers what a basic fence work pattern looks like? Horse shows are always filmed from the side and each run is unique, so that was proving to be a little difficult, “so like, the horse should be about here on the cow when going down the fence, but like, right before the first turn, they should be right about heeeeere, and….”
Solution? Toys and poster board! And voila! An example fence work in stop motion for our animation designers to use as a reference when creating the animation for the film. Not fancy, but whatever works right?
Don’t worry, the designers are going to make something fancier that doesn’t include the toys and the poster board!