Juan Carlos Oganes' film-making and work blog.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Andres Avelino Caceres and the Coraceros de Daza scenes

Getting close to film completion.

Three more scenes (that aren't simple though) and a few more for transition between scenes together with chromakey shots and its a wrap everybody!

I brought "Gato" Zapata from Tacna to finish up some scenes with his character Crl, Andres Avelino Cáceres. Some battle scenes were shot back in November 2012 at Tacna and a few close up ones were needed. For they were close up ones, we had to do makeup much tidier.

Caceres lead the Zepita N. 2 batallion at the battle of Alto del Alianza in Tacna back in 1880. The film opens with this battle and his appearance -as one of the most important military icons and heroes of Peru- is simply a must. This cameo is short but memorable to all who knowswho's who and who fought where.

Again, shot up north of Lima where we used to film for about 5 months mid 2012.

Also, this was the first time we shot a few takes of the Coraceros de Daza bolivianos, a cavalry regiment consisting of armored horsemen that wore heavy metal-plated armor taken from the Napoleon times. In fact, Bolivia bought around 50 or more (getting that fact correct) of those to France and had them embedded with their country's sun insignia in the chest. To those who find it odd to see such type of horsemen with looks that belong to a prior era, might find it interesting and may suggest further reading about Coraceros in general here: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coraceros

On another personal note, very sad to not find my beloved lamb who used to make my stay there more pleasurable. She's been taken away and thinking on what could've been her destiny breaks my heart.

Happy to see the metal-plated construction worked! Coraceros de Daza.
Applying makeup to a bolivian Coracero.
A bolivian Coracero (picture: Patricio Greve)

Zepita No. 2
Carlos Zapata as Cáceres leading the Zepita batallion.


The actors and extras at Puente Piedra.


Starting characterization. Applying the beard hair.

Spirit gum. Step two.

Tinting the fake hair to get a more natural looking tone.

Makeup done: Cáceres is ready to roll!