Making a film is a journey of wonderful discoveries. When I first wrote in the script that the children use crossbows as weapons, I didn’t realize how interesting it would be to do research for that prop.
It was by a stroke of luck that I found a competitive arching club not so far from where I live. When asking about craftsmen who know how to build bows, I was pleased to learn that there is someone in Israel who specializes in designing and building handmade bows.
Asa Ender turned to be a total delight. Not only was he interested in reading the script (which he did twice), he was so engaged by the story that he decided to join our team and volunteer his knowledge, archery skills, and carpentry abilities. What a man!
I came to meet with him at his home in the Negev and for several long and very enjoyable hours we designed and built the prototype of the crossbow that the children will use in the movie.
Asa agreed to build another 4 crossbows to be given as rewards in our crowd funding campaign. They are offered only in the US since in Israel and in many other countries it is necessary to have a special license in order to own what is considered to be a weapon. (Asa Ender web-site: www.bow4u.com)