Big movies have paid people who stand in for actors while the crew lights and focuses and all of that. Some movies are so big, they even have stunt flowers.

On Bunker Hill, we have to grab whatever PAs are around, or use the actual actors. Which sometimes they aren’t too thrilled about. (Staying in a hot room while a smelly camera assistant holds a tape measure up to your eyeball isn’t a barrel of laughs.)

But everyone was in good spirits yesterday, cast and crew, despite standing in scorching sun for most of the daylight hours. (I missed putting sunscreen on the back of my right arm. So I’ll admit my spirits were testier when my arm started feeling like it was in a vat of lye.)

We filmed a major sequence that involves a wagon train of men going through the city, handing out guns, ammo and food supplies to the citizens. (In the plot of the movie, an unknown disaster has caused the city to lose contact with the outside world, and the citizens suspect it is a terrorist attack.) They are confronted by the local sheriff, who rightly suspects this is the beginning of mob rule. Lots of extras, lots of horses.

There is no such thing as a stand-in for a horse. You can’t manage where they are going to stand the same way you can with (most) human actors. So you make sure you have a decent depth of field and some room in the frame.

Well, we’re going from a 5am call yesterday to 5pm today. So I have to get a move on. (Remember, for Central Time add two hours to the timestamps on my posts.)