Fantasy Shoot

by Leah Meyerhoff

We have wrapped second unit photography on Unicorns!


From fields full of fireflies to time lapse memories of sunsets, ferocious six-toed cats to swans sailing across swamps, each day brought a new adventure and each night ended with a home-cooked meal and a promise of magic to come. This portion of the shoot was like being at filmmaker sleep-away camp and I never wanted to go home.

I was lucky to be surrounded by a group of hard-working, talented, like-minded people who stuck with it night and day, rain or shine, with smiles on their faces and laughter on their lips. We trudged through marshes, carried balloons through windstorms, commenced stop-motion animation in the middle of a lightning storm and shot flaming arrows into the night sky.

At one point after everyone had gone to sleep, I found myself standing in an empty field at dawn, having been awake for what seemed like days, with bandages on my fingertips from working with fireworks, holding a lone umbrella over the camera to protect it from the morning dew. And all I could think about was that I could not remember a moment when I had been happier.

Ahh, the things we do for film.