As Walt (Robert Taylor) drives to meet up with Vic (Katee Sackhoff) at the beginning of the episode, a herd of elk tear across the road in front of his truck. How does one set up such a beautiful shot? It's easy. All you need is five people, a whole bunch of elk, and some unbelievable luck.
While Taylor and a tiny, three-person crew huddled in the Bronco, intrepid 1st AD Princess O'Mahoney hiked a quarter mile into the woods to find a herd of elk.
As the Bronco began its drive down a scenic road in the Valle Caldera, the courageous AD located a herd and spooked them in the direction of the road. A combination of good timing and incredibly good luck got them all in the right place at the right time. They got the shot in one take.
The flipping of Walt's Bronco also made for an exciting day on set. The shot involved two Broncos: one that a stunt man drove into a fence and off the road, and one that was built on a pulley system, then mounted on a sled.
DP Cameron Duncan remembers shooting in the mounted Bronco sled. "Robert (Longmire) was harnessed into the vehicle and I sat in the very back on an apple box. We had four cameras working, one looking down on Robert from the driver's window, one mounted on the fender, another mounted inside the vehicle just over his shoulder, and I operated another camera (handheld) to create the illusion that the Bronco had rolled onto its side.
"Robert, myself, and Stunt Coordinator Chris Howell (he held me between his legs, we are very close now) rode this Bronco sled a good 50-70 yards down an incline.
"The amount of dust this rigged stirred up was insane. It became a cloud of smoke inside the vehicle. It was a fun shot and the imagery feels so real and authentic it's a set up that I won't soon forget."
Production notes courtesy of Cameron Duncan.