Filming in Mecca Case Study


At Decode, we pride ourselves on supplying a fantastic rental service to shoots all over the world, as well as those within the UK. We offer a very reliable international service to productions based abroad or filming part of their production abroad. A recent example is “One Day In The Haram”, a feature length documentary film exploring the pilgrimage to Mecca. The project was shot mostly in Saudi Arabia over the last 12 months, with some interviews shot later back in the UK. Decode have been involved with the project from early in pre-production and have offered our assistance with everything from technical advice, to logistics, workflow and budgeting.

We provided Arri Alexa Mini cameras and a range of Zeiss Prime and Fujinon Alura zoom lenses along with complete range of camera accessories, lighting equipment and sound.

Watch the jaw dropping trailer in the link below.


The filmmakers managed to secure unprecedented access to the site, the Haram, and most impressively, the Kaaba. For the first time in history, you can witness the inner workings of the Haram, as seen through the eyes of the workers. Some footage used in this film shows locations and services which have never been captured on camera until now, and that didn’t come about without extensive negotiations. The client had some narrow windows in which to shoot, so reliability of the equipment in the sometimes tough, hot, humid atmosphere was imperative. Decode offered extensive testing of all equipment that proved invaluable.

Whether or not you are religious, this film will be a must- see for anyone who wishes to learn about this iconic holy site attracting over 2 million pilgrims every year! The film will be released in cinemas during September 2017.

If you want to take advantage of any deals that we’re currently offering, do get in touch with us by calling us for a chat on +44 (0) 2087359170 or email us at info@decodeuk.com for additional information and rates. Our team will be happy to discuss your production requirements and many other tips with you.

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