“Everything was difficult…” Line Producer Daniel Ferguson
Line Producer Daniel Ferguson began setting up the Saudi Arabia shoot of Mecca in October 2007 in Jeddah. The crewing of the film was a Herculean task because Ferguson had to find three local crews to shoot in Mecca, all had to be Muslim and all had to have knowledge of film. The total Muslim crew in Saudi Arabia numbered 85, all of whom had to be trained in less than a month before the Hajj began on December 17th."Everything was difficult. We had to obtain permits to get permits, permits for meetings; sand bags, cars, things we take for granted in the West. They worked so hard. There was a force behind it. It was a shoot that was meant to happen."