Saturday, August 24, 2019

“Ask Before You Shoot”

Miguel Montoya rolls the short film 'Ask before shoot' at the MiniHollywood

The protagonists of the tape recorded in the town hall are Enrique Durio and Guadalupe Moreno Mariscal.

[Miguel Montoya during the filming of the short film with the two protagonists Enrique Durio and Guadalupe Moreno in the MiniHollywood show.]

Diario de Almeria
June 22, 2019

The Oasys MiniHollywood Park lounge last Friday hosted the filming of the short film “Ask Before You Shoot” directed by Miguel Montoya. The duration of the short is two minutes. The recording was carried out during the evening of June 21st.

It is necessary to emphasize the disposition of the Park for this type of shootings, as much to the Almeria filmmakers as well as with international productions. There has been a great collaboration of Oasys MiniHollywood Park with this filmmaker.

Highlight that it was the first short of Miguel Montoya after having worked as the first camera unit in the short “Resurrection”, by Artemy Curtó and main camera and editing in the footage of “The March of the Devil”, by José Enrique Martínez. He has also shot several music videos for artists from Almería, such as the FM group, Lidia Plaza and the video section of the work First Steps, by the musician Juanma Linde.

For his first job as director, Miguel has decided on a western. “The light of Almeria and the locations are ideal for shooting, but I think you have to give a twist to the western. There are many shoots and many shorts, so you have to innovate. I cannot say much about the elaboration of the short, but I can point out that there have been two types of shooting using the same scenes. The final result will be two short films with the same script and characters. But one of them will be different from what has been presented so far in festivals and contests. We hope to give that different note to the rest of the works presented. It is nothing new for cinema, but for western Almeria,” says Miguel Montoya.

For the filming he has had two main characters played by Guadalupe Moreno, who premiered as an actress and Enrique Durio, one of the veterans of Western cinema in Almeria. Among the members were Andrés García Camacho, Manuel López García, Miguel Montoya Sr. and Antonio Amate.

Everything was filmed inside the saloon using cameras with 4K definition and the latest technology in FXS was used and gives a plus of quality to the recording. Everything was recorded in an excellent environment among friends.

Spaghetti Western Locations for “The Relentless Four”

We continue with our search for filming locations for “The Relentless Four”. After Sam tells John that he’s wanted for the murder of Anders he’s told to come inside for something to eat. John’s wife and daughter put out some bread and cheese as Sam tells the story of his trial. John hears riders approaching and when he looks out the window he sees Lobo and his gang approaching the ranch house. Sam hides in the back room and John goes out to meet Lobo. He tells Lobo he hasn’t seen Sam. Lobo asks for something to eat and drink and they go inside the house. After they sit down John’s wife and daughter feed the gang while Sam watches from a back room. John tells Sam he’ll keep Lobo and the boys busy while Sam escapes out the back to the stable. When John returns to the gang Lobo see’s he’s no longer wearing his gun. He tells the others they are going after Sam and leave the house. They start looking round the grounds of the ranch looking for Sam.

This scene was filmed at the Rancho Cubero-Galicia, Spain location. Today nothing remains of the set. 

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations



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