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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa

"The Location Scouting Report" (ロケハンレポート) is a series of articles posted on the movie's official website that follow the production team's location scouting trip to the United Arab Emirates.  They took the trip in order to take reference photos and other materials that would later help them shape the look and feel of the main feature The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa.

Location Scouting
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Blog Post Title Date Posted
"Burj Khalifa and the World's Greatest"
June 25th, 2015
"The Fjords of the Middle East"
July 2nd, 2015

Episode Eleven "Burj Khalifa and the World's Greatest"

Originally posted on June 25th, 2015

It's the morning of the fourth day of location scouting.  Our first stop for the day was the roof of an apartment complex near the hotel we were staying at.  This apartment building is the tallest building in the area and lets you look out over the city of Dubai in all directions.

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If you look out toward the apartment buildings and commercial buildings you'll see a group of uniquely shaped skyscrapers.  Out toward the ocean you'll see the man-made island Palm Jumeirah off the Arabian coast.  On the other side of that are the Emirates Towers, and beyond that is the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Today, at long last, we were going to go to the Burj Khalifa.

We got on an empty Dubai Metro train and got off at Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station.  When we got back up to street level we were greeted by the sight of the Burj Khalifa reaching up to the heavens!  The tower seemed really really tall and we were still about a kilometer away!  This height really messed with our sense of distance.

We walked through the Dubai Mall, which had a roof over it, in order to avoid the blazing hot sun on our way to the Burj Khalifa.

The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world and is about 23 times the size of Tokyo Dome!  On top of that, this mall is also home to the aquarium with the largest water tank in the world so far, the Dubai Aquarium!  It's so big that even Kyogre would be able to swim around in it freely.

We wanted to know just how many of these "world's greatests" Dubai had.  As we were wondering we walked into a book shop and saw "Guinness World Records" books right there at the entrance!  It seems like everyone was thinking the same thing...

We got a little lost inside the giant Dubai Mall but were eventually able to make our way to the Burj Khalifa.

The Burj Khalifa:  The Burj Khalifa is also known as the "Khalifa Tower."  It has a height of 828 meters and is one of the symbols of Dubai.  It was designed to look like a Hymenocallis desert flower. 

The plan for today's location scouting was to record the sun setting
over the city of Dubai, from the beginning of its descent until it sinks out of view, from the Burj Khalifa's observation deck.  Since we knew this would be a lot of people there at the time we rushed to the observation deck to avoid missing the start of the sunset.  How is the view from the world's tallest building!?

Unfortunately, Dubai was having a sandstorm that day and our view was all cloudy and white.

We had wanted to see the city being bathed in the light of the setting sun but seeing the buildings surrounded by a sandstorm gave them a bewitching and charming feel instead.  Maybe we'll take this experience and use it for a scene in the movie...?

It started to get dark and just as the lights in the city were starting to turn on the sandstorm began to die down, giving us a wonderful view of the beautiful city of Dubai.


Episode Twelve "The Fjords of the Middle East"

Originally posted on July 2nd, 2015

It's the fifth day of our location scouting trip.  Today we're leaving the UAE to head into its neighbor, Oman.  We wanted to go to the Musandam Peninsula which is an area owned by Oman that juts out into the Strait of Hormuz.

The Musandam Peninsula is also known as the "Norway of Arabia."  Our plan was to take reference photos of the cliffs that make up the coastline from out at sea.

We had heard earlier that the boat rocks violently and that we would need to bring some kind of medicine to help with motion sickness.  We also made sure to eat a good breakfast that morning since riding on a boat on an empty stomach wouldn't have been a good idea either.  We checked out of our hotel at 7:00am and headed for a port town called Diba.

We took a bus out of the city of Dubai and headed to the border between the UAE and Oman.  From there we could see the Al Hajar Mountains.  We drove along the rocky mountains at full speed but it still took us about two hours before we finally arrived at the border.

This is the first location scouting trip we've been on where we've crossed the border between two countries!  But there seems to be something going on at the checkpoint?  Apparently something had happened the night before and for a moment there we didn't know whether or not we'd have to give up on going to Oman altogether.

But each member of the movie's staff showed their passports to prove their identities and were all let in!  We were able to make it into Oman and to the city of Diba without incident.

From there we hopped aboard a two-story dhow boat and headed toward the sparkling Arabian Sea.  A song with a very local feel to it played in the background as huge waves rocked the ship.  The staff braced themselves as best they could and took photos of the powerful fjords.  Every now and then we could feel something coming up from the pits of our stomachs...

A few staff members got on a boat capable of maneuvering in tight areas and rode toward a cave on the seashore to take reference photos.  They were able to get pictures of the bluffs and the ocean scenery.

After a while our material gathering ended and so our ship headed back to the port.  The waves were beginning to calm down a bit...  We were so excited earlier to go out and take pictures but now that our work was done we finally had a chance to relax.  There were even some members of the staff
who were so exhausted after being on the road for so many days of the staff that they, after being gently rocked by the waves as if we were in a large and comfy cradle, simply fell asleep.


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