Looking back on it - I think we could have started in a more contextual way, like we did with Beach Justice or Pimp My Horse. The idea was like the last 11 minutes of a fast movie. The long beginning that plays the western straight may not have been the most appropriate way. Don’t know. Ultimately it came down to 11 minutes of stuff we like.
Why this short first? It was a toss up between this and next weeks episode (episode 3). As they are the two “largest” in a traditional sense. We wanted something that felt like a bigger version of what we’ve done. However, High Planes looks great behind the scenes wise - its big, expensive, costumes etc. So it made sense. And episode 3 had a more… dramatic behind the scenes and could carry a whole episode. High Planes also was the first episode, so the whole first act of the behind the scenes was establishing the show.
Plates of the horse, 3-4 hours with them, and then about 20-30k of VFX. And it wouldnt have looked good.
Jimmy dying is making fun of those flashbacks where sometimes they even died and just come back to life.
I am happy with the way we shot the horse race itself. It feels fast and dynamic to me, and no one got hurt!