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08 February 2007

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Dan Laustsen filming "Nomad"


"Nomad" is set in 18th-century Kazakhstan and tells the story of a boy who is destined to one day unite the three warring tribes of the country. Mansur is brought up by his wise teacher Oraz. His best friend is Erali - they even fall in love with the same girl.

The adventure film is based on the life of Ablai Khan, a descendant of Ghenghis Khan and a famous historical Kazakhstan figure who united the three Kazakh tribes.


Kuno Becker as Mansur - a high-ranking warrior-in-training, future leader, later named Ablai Khan.

Jay Hernandez as Erali, friend of Mansur and a gifted warrior who is intent on proving himself as the best fighter and the one who will lead the Kazakhs.

Jason Scott Lee as Oraz, a veteran soldier and master of martial arts who spends his life raising and teaching the destined leader Mansur to guide the Kazakhs to victory and independence.

Mark Dacascos as Sharish, Jungar general.

Doskhan Zholzhaksynov as Galdan Ceren, Jungar ruler.
Dan Laustsen on high Ayanat Yesmagambetova as Gaukhar, a female warrior and the love interest.

Archie Kao as Shangrek.

Dilnaz Akhmadieva as Hocha.

Roy Yuan as Abulkhair.


Ivan passer, first half, Sergei Bodrov, second half.



Ueli Steiger, first half, Dan Laustsen, second half.


The screenwriter is Rustam Ibragimbekov. He's well-known in the ex-Soviet states. The script is based on the book called "Nomads" by Ilyas Esenberlin.

Unwin, Bodrov and Laustsen


$22 Million - or more according to where you go ......


Due to financial problems and problems with weather, the film shut down halfway through. Some filming was done August to December 2003, and the rest was done fall of 2004.
Because of the break and due to having other commitments, director Ivan Passer and cinematographer Ueli Steiger were replaced by Sergei Bodrov and DP Dan Laustsen, respectively.

Dan and Harald('A' camera operator) and a great view


Nomad image gallery - I don't know the name of the owner of the gallery or what job he worked on Nomad, but it's a nice bunch of behind-the-scenes pictures. As far as I can figure, he worked on the first half of Nomad.

Finally found out his name - it's Reid Russell and he was the camera operator.


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Photographed by Gareth Unwin September 2004 , used with permission.

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