If you’re a fan of Steven Spielberg, do yourself a favor and bookmark this page. There you will find a video link to a recent War Horse Q&A conducted in New York by Hollywood Reporter awards season reporter Scott Feinberg.
The journalist’s seven, veteran Spielberg collaborator guests were: producer Kathleen Kennedy; production designer Rick Carter; first assistant director Adam Somner; costume designer Joanna Johnston; make-up artist Lois Burwell; cinematographer Janusz Kaminski; and editor Michael Kahn. Kennedy shared many great anecdotes, including one about how director Peter Jackson, during a pre-production session in New Zealand some years ago for Tintin, innocently tipped his collection of World War I collectibles and asked her if she wanted to see it:
“I think I’m going to see a few little trinkets,” Kennedy said. “I went into at least three warehouses bigger than this entire theater, with airplanes, tanks, trucks, guns… It was the most insane thing I’ve ever seen. So when I got back, I told Steven, ‘I don’t know how we do this [War Horse], but Peter’s got everything.’”
Some of Jackson’s memorabilia did indeed wind up being used for War Horse. Kennedy also got into some fun back-and-forth with Kaminski when an audience member steered the conversation towards the topic of a mechanical horse used.