A short documentary film about a young man with autism taking the next step in his horseback riding career
DP Rory McFadden films an interview with Jake's mother, Joanne.
DPs Rory McFadden and Souley Oumarou test camera angles.
Producer Pauline Tran stops to say hello to Jewel, one of Lift Me Up's therapeutic horses.
DP Mehri Yavari catches an intimate moment between Jake, Joanne, and Rocky.
Pauline films a wide shot of Jake's lesson with Georgia.
Horseback riding requires a lot of equipment!
DP Logan Werlinger films Jake getting Rocky ready for his lesson from outside the stall.
Mehri stands in as the team tries to find good composition for an interview
DP Robyn Ziperstein films an interview with Caroline, one of the riders at Lift Me Up.
It takes a lot of volunteer support to keep Lift Me Up running. At a volunteer appreciation dinner, they are thanked for all their hard work.
Patrick and Rory get ready for a big day of shooting at Lift Me Up.
Logan captures Jake saddling up Rocky before his lesson.
Horse selfie! Producers Patrick and Pauline snap a pic with Valentine.
Jackie, one of the instructor's at Lift Me Up, watches as Tina receives a bath. The white horses can get especially dirty!
Elmo, one of Lift Me Up's hoses, can be a bit mischevious at times.
Tina certainly didn't mind the camera!
Delfinia, a Norweigian Fjord, is known for her kisses.
Logan films inside the ring at Lift Me Up.
Patrick captures a wide angle of Jake's lesson as he gets ready for competition.
Patrick positions himself inside the ring during Jake's final lesson before the Turner Farm event.
Patrick stands ahead of Jake, Georgia and Joanne as they come back from a trail ride.
Rocky greets Logan as he comes into the barn for a day of filming.
Jewel, Tina, and Mirabelle during "turn out," the time of day when the horses can graze around Lift Me Up's grounds.
Pauline crouches down to get a low-angled shot of Jake at Turner Farm.
Rock Star, or "Rocky" pops his head out to say hello to the camera crew.
Robyn films from outside the ring during one of Jake's lessons.
After a 8-hour day of filming, the team is still all smiles.
Patrick attempts to keep up with Jake and Rocky during a trail ride (horses walk fast!)
Rory, Patrick, and Logan scout the location before the Turner Farm competition.
Logan films Jake on his way to his lesson at Life Me Up. Notice his license plate, RD4LMU ("Ride for Lift Me Up")
Souley chases Jake mowing the lawn, one of his many chores around the house.
Souley films from the passenger seat as Jake drives to work.
Pauline, Rory, and Patrick film an interview with Jake inside his bedroom.
"El," one of the barn cats at Lift Me Up, always warmly greeted the film crew.
While Patrick films the pool party, Logan and Pauline stop for a cookie break.
Robyn and Souley stand by the equipment as Rory tests the range of our wireless microphones.
Patrick films Jake swimming during his nieces' birthday party.
Logan captures the moments before Jake's first round at Turner Farm.
Georgia calls Jake over to fix his reins so the judges don't take points off his score.
Paul, Jake, and Joanne pose for a picture after the Turner Farm event.
Mounted on Rocky, Jake is ready to go and compete.
Logan films Paul, Jake's father, from behind the fence during Round 1 of the competition.
On the final day of filming, Logan, Pauline, and Rory take a picture with Jake and his parents.
Patrick, Logan, and Pauline get party favors after Jake's nieces' birthday party.
Souley captures Jake pinning up his ribbons from the Turner Farm competition.
Inside the office, Logan poses in front of the team's production calendar. Making a film in two months is hard!
Patrick leads a brainstorming session inside the production office.
Patrick exports the rough cut of the film before a deadline.
The team watches a cut of the film before a review with the Documentary Institute's director, Nina Seavey.