Here they are ladies and gentlemen
let's hear it for our beautiful flag-bearers!
I want them to be cheering along with the television set
I want them to feel the the ups and
downs I want their hearts just to go
crazy when they see that helicopter take
This has been a really dynamic year for
Amy and I feel like there's some
challenges presented that she has never
faced in her life and for me, portraying
Amy, it was the best challenge that
could have ever been thrown at me
[Whispering] I'll be right back. I love you.
Amy! Amy, Hey!
Ty? Ty.... Ty?!
I'm right here Amy. I'm right here, what's going on?
When Amy starts doing really well in her life she feels like hey I'm not pulling my
weight I need to step up so he links a
bit of these these past few years from
his childhood to his present and he gets
too caught up in it and he loses sight
of what it's really about the
relationship its kind of his last chance
to actually get some money and and
really come through and what he wants to
provide for Amy.
Let's have a toast.
What's the occasion?
Let's buy charger.
You won't regret this.
This is crazy!
I can't believe I'm going to own a Futurity contender
Here's to a big payday.
The last few episodes leading up to
this finale we're putting them through a
couple of rough spots to say the least I
mean Amy's wondering if she can never
trust Ty in the way she always has and
anything like this puts a strain on any
relationship so it's going to be
interesting to see how they deal with that that.
I've been thinking a lot about
Charger and I'd like to take a look at him and
see if there's anything that I can do to help.
I can come by the arena tomorrow morning.
I don't understand Amy, what about your job with Ahmed?
You let me worry about him.
Ok well what about us?
One thing at a time.
My favourite horse to work with? You are going too see him today.
I love Stormy, who plays Spartan.
He's probably my favourite horse, but
I've got a new favourite that I just fell in love with a couple of days ago.
His name is Hi-Fi and we've never
used him on the show before.
But he plays the role of Charger.
Who you are going to see as a barrel horse.
And he is my ultimate favorite so when I'm riding
him I'll come by and say, "This is Charger, this is my
new favourite horse...
We knew we have to have a crowd and we know
we have some pretty loyal fans and it was it was
fantastic, the response within minutes we had
our crowd and we have the people who
were the biggest fan so I think we
discovered at our charity event this summer
how many people were willing to travel
to be be here and to see our stars and to
see our crew at work and I think it's
fabulous for them to see
behind-the-scenes and I think
that for us it's just so great to hear
the cheering I kind of feel it's real.
It was great.
They were some of the best fans we've ever had
on the show really enthusiastic and really
excited and and I got to meet a bunch of
them after they were done and then take
pictures and stuff so that was really
cool that we sort of had a win-win with
that where they were really great and helped
us out and then they also got to see a
part of the show and how we make it and
we sort of got to bring them into our
world and show them a piece of that so it was cool.
It was so exciting having 300 fans fill
the stadium because it's one of those
things that typically we do our job and
there's the crew around but we don't see
a reaction to the episodes until they air.
Well, having people here in the audience
was like doing a live performance and it
was really cool to be able to go over
things with them and say okay this is
why we do it this way this is the
process and now we're going to move on
and we're going to do this but that's
only because we've accomplished these
steps and so I'm talking it through with
them and I loved having them there just to say
okay this is what we do everyday and
this is why we have so much fun but it's
also a lot of work.
We shot in this arena
for two days before we shot it as it's
sort of like it is in its natural state
and we wanted to transform it into
an event so it feels like it has put on
a big show for the
hundred-thousand-dollar Futurity so we
want to transform it into kind of a kind
of sort of rock show kind of feel like
they made it a real event so we sat down
with plans of the arena and talked to Rick Roberts
about what he had in mind for the
backdrops and all that sort of thing and
then plan the lighting out the guys came in
and took two days and set it all up and here we are
it's just working along with the horse
wranglers back and forth making sure we
get the right horses selected for the
riders and then for the actors and stuff
that's an important thing because you
need to have the real barrel racers that
do this for a living on their horses
matched up with our actress that is
playing the star there
that has her horse and make it so all of the shots
tie-in properly for the director and
and it keeps it exciting and real.
So for me as an
actor preparing lines and things like
that really wasn't relevant for today
because there's not a whole lot of dialogue
it's all action based so when I go through my
scripts and I think about how Amy's
feeling in each scene because there's
about twenty four scenes in a very short
period of time that I want to make sure
I can track that because we're not
shooting in order we're filming you know
maybe the scene that comes last for
something that first and so on so I want
to just make sure when I'm doing my
homework that I know where Amy is feeling
and where her emotions are at each one
of those points.
I'm just reviewing the script reviewing the arc of the character
making sure that I'm hitting the beats
that I want to hit with the certain
storylines that we're going through a
lot of the work is done for me at least
I do a lot of the work when we do the
read-throughs in the scripts and just sort of
arcing out where I'm going to go and what's
going to happen and what's happening each
scene so the day before I just kind of
review that and then just sort of tweak
anything or think about anything
So what happened last night?
Charlene called me out of the blue. Asked me out.
turns out she just wanted to tell me
she'll be riding another guy's horse at the
barrel race on Saturday.
I tried talking her into switching
Did it work?
No. We actually had a good time.
Our director, Dean Bennett is incredible and
he's been here since the pilot so he's been here from
the very beginning and he knows the
heart of Heartland he knows how to
capture those emotions and he's so great
at working with us to accomplish that.
Dean is a painter. He is a visual painter
and he also is a real painter in real life
but in terms of cinema and TV he's he's
so good at painting and he approaches
everything like that as he has broad
strokes and does little, you know, designs
and then you'll see you just try this
you can have this feels and he's a joy
to work with because he kind of gives
you a framework to play with and he says, 'now play'
He really is a bit of an artist. We work
really well together, I'm usually the
writer of those scripts and so we have a
kind of a of a connection I guess so
that he really knows what I'm looking
for and and I've when I see what he's
done it's always so much better than I expected.
Do you want to watch the video with me?
Look how fast he is, it's unbelievable.
Wait a minute
Look at this. Right.... there.
You see how high his head is?
There's no way he can see that first
barrel, it's physically impossible for him with
his head that high
There's a lot of teamwork that goes into
all of the scenes we do on Heartland
Heather typically writes all of the
finales for the show and they're always
so full of emotion so full of adrenaline
it's one of those things that you're
going to laugh and cry and everything in
between in the same episode.
And she's very good at that visual creating sort
of visual tension and and really big
scope of the Heartland world as you can
see there is great pot of gold racing Futurity signs...
Here they are ladies and gentlemen
Let's hear it for our beautiful flag-bearers!
Welcome to the Hudson Pot of Gold Barrel Racing Futurity race!
What is she doing? How does she expect to win a race going backward?
Well folks, there's a tactic
I've never seen before
I don't people want people to ever feel
that the show looks lit looks like a studio or
looks fake it's gotta feel real it's
gotta feel like an event
and even the way we shot this we
wanted to light in such a way that we
could shoot the lighting and it was all
kind of you know is visible to the
audience so that it's not like we were
hiding a bunch of movie lights in the
ceiling and then had to shoot around and
we just want to give everybody
everything and make it feel real
feel like you walked into this event.
Craig does a great job of setting up the
world that we film Heartland in and
he's coming here and he said okay so
what do we want to accomplish we want to
see this is a big deal we want to see it
as a great Futurity race so let's bring
in proper lighting that demonstrates
that and let's have the audience
properly lit and featured let's have the
horses properly lit there's a
spotlight above each one of the barrels
all the important components of the
scene makeup the entire world of
Heartland it's so important that we achieve that.
I always like to look at
them like he's like a Jedi like he's
kind of like the silent but very
skillful and tactful man that he would
be able to say like these aren't the
droids you're looking for kind of thing
like all the light is perfect right and
you would believe him because he's so good at
what he does and I'm not just saying that...
We didn't want
it to look like a television show we
wanted to every week to look like a mini
movie and I think Alberta comes with
that on its own and it's just beautiful
and to capture that beauty with the
lighting and is is amazing he's brilliant.
Come on Amy!
And she's done it!
Amy Fleming riding Charger!
That is just insane.
you know it wouldn't have been a good
season ender if she'd lost but Amy is Amy
and I don't think she'd ever let anyone
else win accept her so it's kind of fun
to watch her rise to the occasion and do
the part I like the best is when she
does what's not expected and literally
comes into the arena backwards and and
that's her way of keeping that horse
fact she understands the horse's psyche in
a way that a lot of other people
wouldn't and that's the key to her winning.
I think everybody really looks up to Amy in
the horse world because they know she's
kind of a woman of all trades she can do
it all and there's a little bit of a
fantasy element to that and Amy can do
no wrong type thing but at the same time
it's something that everyone can aspire
to be like because it's so great to be
able to be versatile in all disciplines
and for me you know I ride primarily
western on my time off with my own
horses but I love jumping and I love
riding english and i love barrel racing
and I love... there's so many different
elements and the thing about Amy is she
loves to try them all and she never says
no I'm just a western rider I'm not
going to jump or I'm not going to... she says
hey sure I'll try it. If it deals with horses, I can do it.
I think in the Heartland world
being myself Graham thinking reading the
scripts that I didn't think it was gonna
happen where he was like, 'oh my god, I lost, no!'
But in terms of the reality of the
show that we're playing I think that's
really intense and I think him putting
all his money on the line for this all
the savings he's sweating bullets
he's really sweating bullets and that's
part of the thing that I want to work in
this that that my character is really
nervous and and and sweat bullets but he
doesn't want to show anybody that
he's trying to keep it under control.
I have something to tell you
I have something to tell you too.
Ok you first.
Ok. Uhm... Ahmed offerred me a job
on his team
I don't know what to do I mean it's hard to accept it
but it's also hard to turn that down but I
would never do without your go ahead
you should go
Yeah...we'll be fine.
It's only for a few months
You gotta do it. You have to.
We'll make it work.
Amy and Ty are a point in their relationship right now
where they are a little bit unsure of the future
it's not that they don't want to be
together but they want to make sure that
if they are going to be getting married
for the right reasons and this episode
kind of it it really tests the
relationship and it shows some some
great triumph but it also shows some of
that tension that you know is
involved in any relationship and you
just have to figure out how to work past that.
He has a newfound awareness of his
love for this woman and his care for
this relationship but also what if this
was to happen how's it going to change
that how would I deal with this so he
really in my eyes what I've tried to do
with them is really mature him in terms
of how he sees his life how he sees his
relationship what he wants for his life
when he wants in his relationship and what's
actually occurring and the conflicts of
all those things coming together.
That horse turned out to be a winner after all
looks like you did do something right huh?
Ah...you're welcome. Not so sure you know
what you are doing right now.
Over this season, in particular
I think he really grew up and matured
probably because of Amy's accident but
also because he's just more confident in
his place in the world like he's
studying to be a vet, he has goals
he's in love with Amy, they're engaged so
his life has taken such a huge turn from
when we first met him in episode one of
season one so I can't wait to see where
we're taking him next actually because it can
only be in a in a direction that makes
him even more mature and more able to
cope with the world on every front
We'll talk every day
I'll be back before you know it.
I love you.
I love you too.
We have to get going if we want to stay on schedule.
The Prince has made a difference
in Amy's life and it affects Ty in a great way.
I'll take good care of her.
I learned a valuable lesson at one point
on another show show called Road To Avon Lee
And it was that you make them laugh
and you make them cry within minutes
maybe even seconds an audience
should feel like they've been dragged
through a knothole.