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Bio Fall of the Matador film - a matador struggles with his craft as bullfighting threatens not only his life but his emotional and spiritual existence.

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This prayer scene was shot during the first day. We shot @ohenryhotel in one of their sweets. Major shout out to @darylgomersall and all the folks for allowing us to utilize this location. Making anywhere in NC look like Madrid is not easy. I think we pulled it off. Submission into TriBeCa is complete as we gear up and keep our fingers crossed.

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Me wearing a dumb shirt feeling cooler than I should. It’s a natural effect from working with people who really know their craft. Super proud to have worked with all you guys. @mylekessina @milworeno @ericwatersphotography @jandrihortal @robrusselldp @ryan.shacks @ethanmessinastudio @abittikofer

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During shooting it was more than obvious that the traje de luces @milworeno wore was anything but comfortable. Literally skin tight. At times I could tell Will was struggling just to get a breath. All the more hats off to you Will. @toroshopping it was amazing. Thanks for the suit. 🙌🏻

 image by Griffin Hart Davis (@fallofthematadorfilm) with caption : "When writing Fall of the Matador I wavered back-and-forth on whether I wanted the film to be in Spanish or in English. U" - 1872632227608111414
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When writing Fall of the Matador I wavered back-and-forth on whether I wanted the film to be in Spanish or in English. Ultimately we decided on shooting the film with a Madrid based dialect of Spanish. I brought on @jandrihortal who is from Madrid to train the talent in this dialect. This was a huge undertaking alone. 🙌🏻 to the talent for rising to the occasion. Even more so a huge thank you to @jandrihortal for all his help throughout the whole process. - here Kyle and I shoot one of my favorite and most poignant scenes of the film. We were lucky enough to use Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro for filming. @mylekessina @milworeno

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Still from - read previous post for insight.

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@mylekessina setting up for one of our first shots of @milworeno on our first day of filming. The following post is that shot. Kyle not only was dp but also color graded the film. I was so in love with the muted tone of the raw files produced by the that I was hesitant on grading the footage. After seeing what he was up to for a few weeks I recognized the importance. Just another factor of 100s that play a huge part in the final product.

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Here we are walking through a scene filmed on the first day. I’m holding an estoc. It’s a sword dating back to the 14th century that has a curved tip. Much like a long sword but no edge for cutting. It’s primary function is piercing and thrusting and for a matador this is meant for between the bulls shoulders and puncturing the heart. This third stage of the fight is called tercio de muerte or (part of death). The swords are made in Toledo Spain. The one I’m holding was purchased from Spain and is authentic. This sword had been used by a bullfighter sometime in the 80s. Here’s @milworeno getting a 101 on the history of the sword.

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Come see full frame from Fall of the Matador film page. 🌹

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Come see full frame from Fall of the Matador film page. 🌹

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Come see full frame from Fall of the Matador film page. 🌹

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Come see full frame from Fall of the Matador film page. 🌹

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Come see full frame from Fall of the Matador film page. 🌹

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When compiling the shots for this film I went overboard. We ended up not shooting about half of what was originally scheduled. Once on location I could see the story in my head and was able to look past anything that would not contribute. It’s not to say those shots that were nixed were not cool shots but that they did not add. If it does not add to the story than its hot air. Again @mylekessina was great at helping me see less is more. This also gave us more time to concentrate on the shots we did. Here I am directing @milworeno on how to kiss a rosary. The following frame is from that scene. 📸: @ericwatersphotography

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Our last day of shooting was a underwater scene. I am scuba certified so I felt relatively confident that I could do the shooting myself. We rented a dive pool in Burlington NC and brought on some amazing @reddigitalcinema gear to put in our @aquatech_imagingsolutions housing. @mylekessina came on even when not slated to help with lighting and assistant camera. Our biggest fear was leakage after the focus knob had broken on the housing. Due to this we had to guesstimate the focal distance prior to every shot and check playback directly following. This slowed us down but ended up giving the scene a hectic/frantic look that really adds to the overall effect. The scariest part of this was lining the entire pool in 3mil black plastic. We did this so the scene would look like the matador was in open water. Otherwise it would just look like a matador in a pool. Not really what I was going for. The plastic did not want to coroperate and there were many times where it engulfed me and I had to escape. Think with Bruce Willis or any other film where someone falls into a pool that has a plastic cover on it. It never really ends well. That being said I was able to use dive weights to weigh down the sides of the plastic making it safe for @milworeno and I to be in the pool. The only other concern was the lighting that would have for sure killed us both if it arced. Luckily we had trusty dusty @ericwatersphotography manning the dry land insuring us that we were in good hands. All in all this was by far my favorite part to shoot and ended up being a epic scene. Thanks to @milworeno @mylekessina @ericwatersphotography for your help. 🤦🏼‍♂️ 📸 @ericwatersphotography

 Instagram Image by Griffin Hart Davis (@fallofthematadorfilm) with caption : "Kicking Sunday off with a 🙌🏻 to @abittikofer - This was by far one of the most enlightening parts of the production. Ear" at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church - 1869752137951435644

Kicking Sunday off with a 🙌🏻 to @abittikofer - This was by far one of the most enlightening parts of the production. Early on Aaron raised questions regarding overall tone of the final piece. With this insight into his abilities and process I began viewing the story more fluid. I recognized just how critical sound is. The logistics and complexity of it must be well conceived. It’s by far what sets this film off and I could not be happier. Thanks Aaron! ⚡️ 📸 by @ericwatersphotography

 Instagram Image by Griffin Hart Davis (@fallofthematadorfilm) with caption : "Here is our lead the amazing @milworeno sporting the suit specially tailored in Madrid to fit his every measurement. Thi" at Jockey's Ridge State Park - 1869165961284456141

Here is our lead the amazing @milworeno sporting the suit specially tailored in Madrid to fit his every measurement. This is an authentic suit of lights and was not cheap. None the less we were happy to get it drenched in fake blood for this scene. This was the second to last day of shooting. In order to keep production costs low we shot this desert scene in state park. Killer for kites not cameras. 🤦🏼‍♂️

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Here’s a look at our first day of filming. @ericwatersphotography introduced me to @mylekessina a true pro and amazing director of photography. This shot was his idea and not in the original screenplay. Big 🙌🏻 to you Kyle and all you do.