Show Us Your Shot: Faking Desert Conditions in Pennsylvania

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Show Us Your Shot: Faking Desert Conditions in Pennsylvania

In this segment of Show Us Your Shot, filmmaker Jillian Bullock explains how her DP created a desert shot at night, while shooting in Pennsylvania.

We had filmed some scenes at the Bill Pickett Riding Academy, in Philadelphia, a horse-riding stable. My DP, Lamont Fountain, and I were there trying to figure out where we could shoot to make it look like a battle area in Iraq or Afghanistan. Since we were shooting at night, we figured we could fake out a spot in the woods behind the stables. When Lamont saw a mound of sawdust, he thought it would be good to use because it looked like sand. The way Lamont lit the scene, it looked real.

Jillian Bullock’s Bio

As an award-winning filmmaker, Bullock wrote and directed the documentary, A Filmmaker’s Personal Journey. She went on to write, direct and produce the drama, Spirit. Bullock recently completed A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives, a feature film that focuses on veterans, PTSD, and sexual assault in the military. She has won several awards for the movie, including best film at the 2018 Validate Yourself Film Festival and 2018 Ocktober Film Festival.


Currently, Bullock is in pre-production on the movie A Cup Full of Crazy, a psychological thriller. Production will begin, in Philadelphia, in the summer of 2019.

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