Pictures from first day of shoot

Posted by Mark

I just got back to the hotel room, its 6:30 in the morning. We were out shooting since 2 in the afternoon and it lasted all through the night up until the break of dawn. I am extremely exhausted but I wanted to upload a few pictures of the shoot before I went to sleep. There were over 100 people on the set today so it was really packed. This was the first day of a three day shoot. Check out the pictures by clicking the link below.

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First day of shoot

Posted by Mark

I am in Lebanon shooting a TV commercial for MTC-Vodafone and today is going to be the first day of a three day shoot. I am going to get permission from MTC to allow me to post pictures I shoot on the set at the end of every day. We are shooting two locations today, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. The evening shoot will start once the sun goes down and end before the sun comes back up. Its going to be a really long day but hopefully once I get back to the hotel I will post some pictures.

The reason I am not posting much is because the hotel DOUBLED their Internet rate. Its $5 per hour now which sucks. As you can expect I sent them an email complaining but of course since this is Lebanon, no one cares what the customer thinks.


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Unforgettable Photos

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The majority I had seen before but they were some interesting ones I hadn’t like the woman and the girl falling down the fire escape. [Link]

via Kottke


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Friday Night

Posted by Mark

gimayze

I took the picture above tonight when I was in Gimayze, an extremely popular street on a Friday and Saturday night since its packed with pubs and restaurants. Tonight it was empty and its for the same reason I posted about earlier which is people are afraid to go out. I’ve never seen anything like this here its strange, usually people in Lebanon go out and party no matter what.


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Knight Rider Spoof

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[YouTube]


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Afraid of the dark

Posted by Mark

no parking

Although I was in Lebanon around 3 weeks ago a lot of things have changed here mostly related to security. It seems people are starting to worry about all the bombings that are taking place and it shows with the extra security precautions.

My hotel for example doesn’t allow cars drive up to the entrance anymore and while entering the hotel I now get scanned with a metal detector. Bliss Street where the American University is located, now has yellow no parking warning on both sides of the street.

Yesterday evening I also passed by the ABC mall in Achrafieh, a place thats usually packed with young people shopping and hanging around at the cafes but yesterday when I passed at 9:15PM half the stores were closed, the other half were closing down and there were barely any people around. Since the bombings are taking place at night, everyone is afraid of the dark.

I am not worried about the bombings but its pretty obvious that this years tourist season in Lebanon has been killed.


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Still at the airport

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4 cats

My MEA plane was supposed to take off at 11:15AM but after boarding the plane turns out there was going to be a delay. After 2 hours of waiting on the plane with no AC we were taken back to the airport transit area where we are now waiting for the plane to either get fixed or something. It really sucks.

note: on the bright side The 4 Cats are with us on the same flight.


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Mona Al-Fuzai Replies

Posted by Mark

The other day I posted about the horrendous article in Kuwait Times by Mona Al-Fuzai where she talks about how talking to taxi drivers or being friendly with your boss could end up with you getting raped. Well that article has since then been withdrawn from the Kuwait Times website and instead a new article has popped up where Mona tells all her critics that she can write what she pleases and that we all should shut the hell up. K.thekuwaiti has a link to her article plus a nice analysis of her reply. Check it out. [Link]


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Sunkist Commercial

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This by far has to be the cheesiest vintage commercial yet. Whats up with the Russian mail order brides?

[YouTube]


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10 reasons to love the London 2012 logo

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logo

If you don’t love it already, here are 10 reasons why you should. [Link]


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