A small spit of sand on Texas Beach was enough to suggest a desert landscape in the Middle East.
Actors Erica Kasraie and Bilal Raychouni walk through the sand as camera operator David Muessig films and Hannah and Lance capture audio and direct.
Hannah and Lance's apartment in the Fan served as a tailoring shop set.
The back of an industrial building off of Hermitage Road had the right textures and tones to imitate a street in Aleppo.
The set was located behind the Pleasants Hardware store on West Broad Street.
The corner of a basement in Hannah's brother's house in Stratford Hills was reappropriated to imitate a modest Guatemalan home.
Actor Norys Pritchard pretends to sleep while her daughter Azin takes a nap in a scene filmed in Hannah's parents' attic. Norys' brother Ivan, an extra in the video, appears on the left.
Norys and Azin get in position in the back of a pickup truck for their fleeing scene. The pickup and its driver were identified through a Craigslist posting for a beat-up truck.
Hannah's parents' garage served as a stand-in for a school in Kenya.
Rain poured as we attempted to set up and film a scene set in dry, arid DRC. Fortunately our friend (whose backyard and fire-building skills were critical) had a pop-up tent that kept our actor, equipment, and cooking fire dry.
University of Richmond students Joy Malonza and Julian Butler acted out a scene in which Joy's character is attacked while she gathers firewood.
Undeveloped land under power lines in a Midlothian subdivison served as an arid, grassy setting. Lance, David, and Hannah review footage.
David trails actor Joy Malonza as she runs through tall grasses during her fleeing scene.