Feature Film brings Iran to Vancouver
Here’s a few photos following the first weekend of shooting the second half of Persian Director Ellie Fox’s feature length film “Under the Apple Box“. The first half of the film took place in present day Vancouver but the story is interwoven with a dark past following a young girl, Leila, who grows up in Iran as a non-muslim orphan captivated by the seductive imaging power of photography — during events preceding the Islamic Revolution — known as the ‘birth of the muslim nation’ — where the child’s innocent exploration of artistic photos leads to a controversial judgement and subsequent exile from the muslim world.
For the second half of the film we have been working primarily with Persian and other middle-eastern child actors. Cinematographer Randy Che operates his privately owned RED Camera with Zeiss Super Speed Prime MK2 lenses. We use Tobacco filters on the lens and water based haze from a Radiant Hazer with strong window light sources to create the sunny yellow tones of Iran while on location in typically overcast Vancouver, BC.
The film showcases authentic clothing and decorations which the director collected on her recent return trip to Iran following 15 years of exile. We have been particularly Impressed with child actor Jane Lowery who is making her acting and feature film debut as the young Leila.
Working with young children is nothing new for Director Ellie Fox, who’s short film, ‘A Flower In The Sand’ screened in the 2005 Cannes Festival Short Corner Selection.
The gallery for Under the Apple Box below will be expanded as more pictures are posted from the “Iran” portion of the shoot. Most of the photos below take place in “Vancouver”.[nggallery id=2]