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Lights! Camera! Gallop! tells the story of the horse in film and television, from simple means of transport through character parts to glamorous film star, from the silent films through swashbucklers and Westerns to present day films. Aimed at all who appreciate the beauty of horses or have an interest in films, this book includes celebrity-style briefings on the horses in Lights! Camera! Gallop! tells the story of the horse in film and television, from simple means of transport through character parts to glamorous film star, from the silent films through swashbucklers and Westerns to present day films. Aimed at all who appreciate the beauty of horses or have an interest in films, this book includes celebrity-style briefings on the horses in star roles in film and TV - including their make-up secrets. All the main genres of film featuring horses are covered: Westerns (great for exciting chase sequences), 'wild horse' movies (survival against enormous odds), action films (even horses versus Nazis!) and comedies (a talking horse, a horse on a piano...). Find out how some of the most awe-inspiring scenes with horses were filmed - and how to spot some of the tricks of the trade. Key cinematic techniques are explained, from clever editing, through Stop Animation to Computer Generated Images, all in readily understandable terms. Check out the pictures of beautiful horses - the well-toned bodies, the manes to die for, of horses such as Black Beauty, Shadowfax from Lord of the Rings or Roy Rogers' Trigger - and amazing stunts. This book also tells you how to look up horse stars on the internet and where to watch key horse scenes from famous films on the internet - for free. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a fun film trivia quiz.


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Lights! Camera! Gallop! tells the story of the horse in film and television, from simple means of transport through character parts to glamorous film star, from the silent films through swashbucklers and Westerns to present day films. Aimed at all who appreciate the beauty of horses or have an interest in films, this book includes celebrity-style briefings on the horses in Lights! Camera! Gallop! tells the story of the horse in film and television, from simple means of transport through character parts to glamorous film star, from the silent films through swashbucklers and Westerns to present day films. Aimed at all who appreciate the beauty of horses or have an interest in films, this book includes celebrity-style briefings on the horses in star roles in film and TV - including their make-up secrets. All the main genres of film featuring horses are covered: Westerns (great for exciting chase sequences), 'wild horse' movies (survival against enormous odds), action films (even horses versus Nazis!) and comedies (a talking horse, a horse on a piano...). Find out how some of the most awe-inspiring scenes with horses were filmed - and how to spot some of the tricks of the trade. Key cinematic techniques are explained, from clever editing, through Stop Animation to Computer Generated Images, all in readily understandable terms. Check out the pictures of beautiful horses - the well-toned bodies, the manes to die for, of horses such as Black Beauty, Shadowfax from Lord of the Rings or Roy Rogers' Trigger - and amazing stunts. This book also tells you how to look up horse stars on the internet and where to watch key horse scenes from famous films on the internet - for free. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a fun film trivia quiz.

37 review for Lights! Camera! Gallop!: The Story of the Horse in Film

  1. 5 out of 5

    Johanna

    There isn’t much that is more stirring than watching a group of wild horses gallop across the movie screen in pure freedom. And what could be better than watching the hero ride off into the sunset on his trusty steed? Even if you’re not the biggest horse lover, it’s hard to imagine the success of movies such as westerns, historical films, and the like, without the inclusion of horses. That’s because horses have played a very active role in film, right from it’s very beginnings, from more benign There isn’t much that is more stirring than watching a group of wild horses gallop across the movie screen in pure freedom. And what could be better than watching the hero ride off into the sunset on his trusty steed? Even if you’re not the biggest horse lover, it’s hard to imagine the success of movies such as westerns, historical films, and the like, without the inclusion of horses. That’s because horses have played a very active role in film, right from it’s very beginnings, from more benign rolls as work and saddle horses, to more front-and-center rolls like the comedy TV series Mr. Ed, or most recently in Steven Spielberg’s hit film “War Horse”. Lights! Camera! Gallop! traces the horse’s history in film, from silent films to movies to tv series. It also takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes look at the tricks of the trade, make-up application, and horsey “doubles”, answering the pervasive question of “how do they do that?” This is a really engaging book full of fun facts, wonderful photos (in color and black and white) from some of the most popular movies and shows involving horses. Lodge offers a fascinating look into the special effects used in filming and production, explaining how tricks and stunts are pulled off, and how the AHA stepped up to protect horses in film. It also covers a vast array of interesting facts about some of the most famous horses from movies and tv, with a trivia section at the end of the book to either test your own knowledge, or enjoy with a horse-loving friend. Just a few topics covered in this book include wild horses and film, horses and comedy, the history and influence of the western, as well as useful websites where you can view film clips and more for free. I’m not going to lie to you – I’m a total horse nerd, and as such, I absolutely adored this book. It brought me back through all of my favorite horse-film experiences, from the Black Stallion to National Velvet to Black Beauty, Mr. Ed, and beyond. This book is a load of fun and contains a vast wealth of trivia, facts and info. Lesley Lodge clearly knows her stuff, and if you have a passion for horses, or even just film history, I can’t recommend this book highly enough! I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review. Check out this review on my blog:EpicBookQuest.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne Coates

    Lesley Lodge has two great passions: film and horses and in Lights! Camera! Gallop! she brings them together in what can only be described as a labour of love. If you've ever wondered how a director managed to get a horse to perform in a certain way, or indeed, how many steeds were engaged to play one role, then this is the book for you. Tracing cinematic history from the silent movies to the present day, and including television programmes, Lights! Camera! Gallop! covers topics ranging from hors Lesley Lodge has two great passions: film and horses and in Lights! Camera! Gallop! she brings them together in what can only be described as a labour of love. If you've ever wondered how a director managed to get a horse to perform in a certain way, or indeed, how many steeds were engaged to play one role, then this is the book for you. Tracing cinematic history from the silent movies to the present day, and including television programmes, Lights! Camera! Gallop! covers topics ranging from horse make-up to horses that make you laugh. Lesley Lodge shows a broad knowledge and understanding as she charts the progress of equine film stars and their riders. Plus there's an entertaining quiz and some amusing horsey quotes. A must read for film buffs, horse lovers and pub quiz aficionados!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    This book is a good resource for horse scenes in movies and gives detailed descriptions of those scenes. I would have liked more information about how some scenes were created and more information about the shift from intentionally injuring horses to complete a scene to humanely using alternatives to abuse.

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    Jessica Bush

    I LOVED IT!!!!!!

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