Our cavalry unit helped with the filming of an interactive Army training film today. The point of the film was to show how knowing the culture of the people you are dealing with is important to the success of military operations. In the film's scenario, an Army lieutenant accompanied by an Apache interpreter and six soldiers approaches two Apache Indians about the possibility of working for the Army as scouts. The lieutenant must consider the advice of the interpreter before having a successful meeting. The three Apaches and the lieutenant were all actors.
We shot several scenes showing the consequences of heeding or not heeding the interpreter's advice. Each scene was shot numerous times. It was interesting to see how a professional film company works. It was just like in the movies with cries of "action!" and "cut!" Makeup people came out and put dust on our uniforms and people were constantly bringing trays of food out to us. I didn't eat any of it, but my horse did. We were on location for about four hours.
The final scene was of us cavalrymen galloping up the meadow past the camera. We shot the scene five times. Each time we galloped up the field, the horses became increasingly excited. I told the film crew that the fifth shot would be the last as we were on the verge of losing control.
It was all very fun and it was very exciting to work with the Apaches. The Apaches spoke a few lines of their own language during one of the scenes which was very cool. Watching them gallop into the brush after the failed meeting with the lieutenant was absolutely chilling.
Hopefully sometime in the future I can post a snippet of the film, but for the time being I can post a few stills. Enjoy.