Dear D. Reride Smith,

I would like to acknowledge you for your work on my latest production THE TALE, staring Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter and Isabel Nelisse.

Your professionalism with the actors and the crew, with regard to their safety, as well as the safety of the horses was notable.  You worked in a kind, generous and effective way with both the adult actors and the younger actors – whose ages ranged from 11 years to 17 years. Some of the young actors didn’t know how to ride, and were trained on set, and some were scared of horses, but you help both equally.

Your direct assistance helped to achieve the desired outcome creatively in the film, utilizing the horses to create the best mis-en-scene.  It took innovative thinking and effort to emulate the scripted story.  You brought to the production ideas, options and a willingness to adapt to the circumstances that were greatly appreciated. It was a joy to work with you and your team. I look forward to our next experience.

Warm regards,

Jennifer Fox



The Tale

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