6. Pre-Production

Rehearsing the actors on location with the crew was an enormous privilege. We wouldn’t have been able to afford that kind of prep if we were shooting in New York City. But at the same time, nothing could have fully prepared us for shooting on the water and being forced to schedule shoots around the tides. No matter how many times fishermen promised us that they could explain the sea to us, it always remained mysterious. Each day our board had to be tweaked to deal with the realities of the ocean. Here, we are rehearsing the climactic scene between Delio and Jorge; Orlando Cardozo, my translator, stands in between the actors and me.

Manos 6, photo cred - Elena Greenlee

Photograph by Elena Greenlee

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