“Writing and directing a film during the COVID-19 pandemic and the extraordinarily high heat of the Arizona summer were only two of many challenges I faced while filming INSTANT KARMA. I also shot another film called HOUSE OF QUARANTINEunder these conditions.These features involved filming mostly outdoors in Arizona when temperatures were reaching 117 degrees. Even filming at night did not provide much relief to the cast and crew since the temperatures were still in the 90’s.
“On set we followed all the CDC mandates and guidelines to keep the cast and crew safe. We provided masks to all cast and crew and they were asked to wear them if they were not on camera. Gloves and hand sanitizers were available, and each person had their temperature taken before being allowed on set. Numerous extras with small speaking roles were amazingly flexible in dealing with the pandemic restrictions and intense heat while on set.
“The film had multiple locations around the city which involved getting permits and insurance but added so much depth to this film. But most of all, I had a fantastic group of lead actors who brought the film to life. They were easy to direct and helped to make this film look amazing.
“The numerous locations were a challenge and the main character was using two different cars in a lot of scenes. I had to make sure there was continuity as we traded off the cars to create a seamless flow in the film.
“This story was so good that it gave us the energy to make this film despite the unusual challenges of filming during a pandemic.”