Why Moon Knight Episode 2’s Jackal Fight Was So Difficult To Shoot, According To The Cinematographer
This Moon Knight fight scene came with some peculiar challenges.
Although we got our first official taste of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Moon Knight at the end of his Disney+ series’ debut episode, a.k.a. “The Goldfish Problem,” it was in the following episode, “Summon the Suit,” that we not only got to see more of Marc Spector in action as Moon Knight, but also see Steven Grant inadvertently conjure his Mr. Knight costume. This came about while Steven and Marc’s wife Layla were being pursued by a jackal creature sent by Arthur Harrow, and making matters more complicated, Marc/Steven were the only ones who could see this creature. That resulted in Moon Knight Episode 2’s fight sequence being particularly difficult to shoot, as I learned while interviewing one of the Marvel TV show’s behind-the-scenes talents.
I recently spoke with Andrew Droz Palermo, the cinematographer on Moon Knight Episodes 2 and 4 (the latter titled “The Tomb”), and among the topics I brought up during the conversation was if there were any unexpected challenges or obstacles he ran into when shooting the Marc/Steve vs. kind-of-invisible jackal creature fight in “Summon the Suit.” He responded:
So it wasn’t just a matter of shooting Oscar Isaac and May Calamawy fighting this jackal creature in the same manner you would shoot any scene involving a scene player that will later be fully realized by the visual effects team. Because the jackal was invisible to all but Marc/Steven, Andrew Droz Palermo and his team had to not only ensure they were framing specifically for Isaac and Calamawy, but also set up the camera angles in a way that made it clear this monstrosity was in the area wreaking havoc. Talk about having to think multiple steps ahead, even by TV and filmmaking standards!
While Steven managed to land a solid punch on the jackal creature in his Mr. Knight form, eventually this fight bled out into a street with civilians around, and despite his reservations about giving Marc back control of the body, he obliged. With Marc back in action and suited up as Moon Knight, he was able to lead the jackal away from everyone else and ultimately kill it. Unfortunately, in the process, he lost the scarab that the jackal was trying to acquire for Arthur Harrow, but Ethan Hawke’s character managed to find the scarab for himself, putting him one step closer to finding Ammit’s tomb. You can learn where things went from there by watching the other available Moon Knight episodes with a Disney+ subscription.
There are two more episodes to go in Moon Knight’s run, so be sure to keep checking back with CinemaBlend for coverage on the Marvel series. Our 2022 TV schedule is also available for those curious what other shows are currently streaming or playing on the airwaves.
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