Filming Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez in Ronda

These are some photos of our filming in Ronda for our documentary. Since they are from my iPhone and my (Mephisto Productions’) Production Assistant’s Blackberry, they are not of the usual quality.

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The director and I pick up our English cameraman at Malaga airport (we also have one from Barcelona and two from the channel Canal+Toros). He arrived with a €1,000 excess on luggage bringing four RED cameras, including the new RED epic.

 

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We begin setting up the cameras outside of the bullring waiting for the empresario to finish his work on the selection of the bulls by the apoderados and mozos de espada of the three bull fighters for the day, Cayetano, El Juli and Manzanares, and let us in.

 

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Having been let in, we set up.

 


My production assistant, Lucy Burman, photographs me walking between cameras in the callejon, the bullfighters’ alleyway around the ring (I am in the dark suit.)

 

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When I am not directing the three cameras in the callejon, and fielding calls from the director sitting next to our super-camera on the balcony above, I get a chance to watch the fight. Here is Manzanares…

 

It is a prime position for me to see the bull up close (I am on the left).

 

I applaud left as Cayetano takes a handful of sand from the ring in which his grandfather’s ashes are interred.

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About fiskeharrison

English author and journalist, broadcaster and conservationist. Author of Into The Arena: The World Of The Spanish Bullfight, shortlisted for Sports Book Of The Year 2011. Editor & Co-Author of Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona. Author of 'The Unbroken', finalist for Le Prix Hemingway 2016
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One Response to Filming Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez in Ronda

  1. Pamela Wilkins says:

    Xander,
    I’m trying to get in touch with you and Anatalya since our meeting in Sevilla (San Miguel) Friday evening with Noel. It seems that I’ve miscopied Anatalya’s email address (wonder how that might have happened?!? ha ha!).
    Anyway, please let her know that I would like to maintain contact and hope to see you both sooner rather than later. Do you plan to come to NYC with Miura in January? I am in Atlanta but I am still a member of the NY Club Taurino and will make the effort to attend. More once I hear from you.
    Fondly,
    Pamela Wilkins

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