|Not Cairo. Temecula. We had a great location and |
the people who owned the property were wonderful
|Matin waiting to do the most amazing sword trick you will ever see.|
|We shot from a low angle to visually give Matin more power & strength, |
but also to frame out the cars and hills behind him.
|The bazaar is more impressive in the short.|
|Swords are awesome. This one was from Sword & the Stone in Burbank.|
|Mark arrives on set ready to go.|
|Greg Santos & Feraz Ozel. Greg had to play |
multiple extras since a few flaked and didn't show up.
|Most of the shots are subtle moves on the dolly.|
|The director ties the infamous red sash on the Swordsman, Matin Atrushi.|
|Matin Atrushi & Mark Christopher Lawrence rehearse. |
As soon as the camera rolled, Mark brought incredible energy to the part. So much fun directing him.
|Director Travis Kurtz reminds Matin that he must take his glasses off.|
|Feraz Ozel schools young thespian Lance Lee on how to put on the dishdasha.|
|Mohammed, Sammer, Feraz & Greg wait for the sword trick.|
|Director Kurtz tells Greg that he must be in the background of every shot.|
|On a very hot day, the veteran actor Mark Christopher Lawrence, |
comes fully prepared with his covered seat, sun hat and sandals.
|Joaquin Garay III (on the left)|
|DP & Director confer as everyone bakes in the hot sun. |
I think it was 100 degrees that day.
|Director of Photography Ignatius Fischer.|
|The crew prepares for the first shot of the day. Goats, dogs, chickens, snakes, extras, |
we were hoping it would feel like a real bazaar.
|Matin Atrushi as the Cairo Swordsman, Uncle Matin. By the way, it's a real sword. |
Matin grew increasingly tired as we made him swing it around for quite a few takes.
|Mohammed Alayian and Matin Atrushi.|