Magazine article Variety

New Mexico Desert Helped 'Transpecos' Turn Up the Heat

Magazine article Variety

New Mexico Desert Helped 'Transpecos' Turn Up the Heat

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QUICK ATTRACTION Waldron, who also lensed "Addicted to Fresno," another SXSW indie title, says he was "blown away by the script's simplicity, immediacy, and the brutal way it unravels in real time."

Documentarian and commercial helmer Greg Kwedar directed "Transpecos," which is his first narrative feature. Kwedar wrote the film with Clint Bentley.

HOT LOCATION The crew filmed the indie thriller several miles from the Mexican border in Luna County, N.M. The digital imaging technician kept a thermometer outside his tent to keep track of the heat. At one point during the shoot, the asphalt at the main checkpoint road began to melt.

"But that's the story," says Waldron. "You see it in the performances, you feel it in the handheld work, you see obscene amounts of sweat."

THE RIGHT STUFF For work in such extreme conditions, Waldron chose a simple camera package: an Arri Amira with older, uncoated prime lenses. …

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