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RE: [RC] Shadowfax - Dolores Arste

Since then we have trotted through an artificial lake to confront Saruman at
Orthanc - Saruman (in the person of Christopher Lee) was starring in Star
Wars: Episode II across the Tasman Sea in the Olympiad city. So we yelled to
a yellow tennis ball representing the mad maia. Domero is controlled
offscreen like a circus horse with the visual aid of two whips in the hands
of Don Reynolds standing to one side of the camera. Sometimes the signal is
reinforced with his name but Domero can walk, stop and stand on his mark, a
square meter of plank on which he bangs his hooves. To one side is Blanco
who, it seems, is needed to focus Shadowfax's attention, horses being
sociable. I can't think why an understudy watching him perform should be
considered a comfort. But then Domero -- for all he can recognise "Action"
and pre-empt his cue to walk, stop or bang his plank -- has no idea he is
acting nor, more to the point, that the heavy weight and hobbit squirming on
his spine are trying to act. We manage because Don is persistent and Domero
has learnt well over their six months training together. Don Reynolds has
worked with many horses in movies but I can't think he admired any of them
more than he seems to respect Domero.

Dolores Arste

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