Leyva reunited with production designer Ricardo Jattan (The Perfect Host), who gave him his first job in the film industry 15 years ago. “I sold my personal gear to come up with the money for locations, insurance and set construction. I called Ricardo and told him what I was going to do. I visited his house in Malibu and we went through the set. Originally, I was going to do five scenes but there was no way to do it with the budget. Ricardo and his assistants donated their time. I was able to find a warehouse [to build the sets] at Fat Eyes Studio in Los Angeles thanks to a friend of my girlfriend. Ricardo and the art department moved in and were there for four days doing set construction. Choreography moved in the day before shooting where I had a pre-light with gaffer David Cronin and two electricians. I treated it as professionally as possible.”
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