Shot by: Matt Adams, Keith Haskel, Nathan Russell, Charlie Todd
Photography: Katie Sokoler (Flickr Set) [Photo credit for all photos on this page]
Production Coordinator: Cody Lindquist
Production Assistant: Bridget Greene
Special Thanks: Lindsey Boylan, Jennie Drygulski, Ethan Lercher, Martin Nembhard, Quentin Robbins, Paul Romero, Kati Solomon, Sarah Stutman, Nell Wright
Costume Rental: Whips International
Jockey: Matt Shafeek
Announcers: Ben Rodgers, Alex Scordelis
Trumpeter: John McGrew from Apollo Run
Bookie: Sean Hart
Winning Owner: Will Hines
Commissioner: Kirk Damato
Owner of Track: Neil Janowitz
Crowd: Perry Silver, Jonathan Fernandez, Patrick Cassels, Brandon Gulya, Doug Gordon, Todd Simmons, Rachael Mason, Jennifer Small, Trevor Williams, Jaime Skinner
For our latest mission we turned a carousel into a horse race. A single jockey was joined by two announcers, a roaring crowd, and a trumpeter. The children on the carousel had no idea what was going on. The mission took place at Le Carrousel in New York’s Bryant Park.
I ran into problems when it came time to find costumes. Most jockey outfits for sale online are crappy looking, overpriced Halloween costumes (and many are “sexy jockey.”) I knew I wanted to get real equipment, but buying or even renting the real thing would not be cheap for 12 jockeys.
Then I had an epiphany: the mission would actually work better if the focus was on the kids. Rather than it being one or two kids on a carousel reacting to our jockeys, why not just treat the kids like they are the jockeys and have one of them win the race? I decided to keep one actor jockey whose presence would spark the transformation.
Agent Shafeek waves to the crowd
Waving to his mom
“And there goes the frog!”
Agent Cassels just lost three hundred dollars
Agent Rodgers interviews the disgraced veteran jockey
The winning jockey gives his mom a high five…
…and a kiss.
Cast & Crew
– Many more photos in higher resolution:
– Agent Sokoler’s Flickr Set