JJ: Those were really good! Now we have to get into War Horse. When did you shoot it and where?
TH: It shot last summer -- summer of 2010. We shot August, September, October. We shot mostly in the English countryside in the county of Devon, which is where the first half of the story is set, and then various places that we found, because really, the only place that looks like northern France is the south of England cause there's only a very small stretch of water between them.
Obviously the second two thirds of War Horse is set in northern France, where no-man's-land was, and the fields of Flanders and the battleground of the first World War. It was absolutely amazing, truly. Steven Spielberg is a master filmmaker and excessively generous and very, very good at his job. Just watching the speed of his execution on a shooting day, the efficiency with which he gets everything he needs from his cast, his crew, and then the thrill for me and anyone else in the film was that everybody involved in the story has to ride. So we all went on this kind of riding boot camp for about six weeks and I fell in love with horses. There's nothing like the feeling of galloping at full speed on the back of a horse. It's like driving fast in a car, but the car is alive. Do you know what I mean? It's a hell of an adrenaline rush.
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