why did the filming location pose a problem for the film crew?

With Invisible Man, broadcast this Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 9:10 p.m., TF1 will make you shiver. In this fantasy thriller, Cecilia Kass is harassed by her ex-boyfriend, a brilliant scientist who has found a way to make himself invisible. A strong role, verging on madness, which the formidable Elizabeth Moss. The actress delivers here (and as always) a stunning interpretation. Her fans also hope to see her again by the fall of 2023 in the sixth and final season of the series The Handmaid’s Tale.

A glitch with the pines

This modern reinterpretation of the myth of the invisible man is by Leigh Whannell and it is hardly surprising that his version is terrifying, since we owe him in particular the scary Insidious 3. Born in Melbourne, Australia, the director wanted to shoot this feature film on his island, more precisely in Sydney, while the action takes place in San Francisco. This was not without causing some problems for the film crew, because Australian landscapes have little to do with California… Thus, the scene where Caroline runs through a pine forest n It was not shot in a real forest but in a plantation, where these conifers are grown to make furniture or to serve as Christmas trees.

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When Australia does not rhyme with California

In addition to this problem of natural scenery, the film crew also had to find buildings that could pass for Californian houses. “From a filming perspective, one of our biggest challenges was scouting locations in Sydney that would evoke San Francisco, especially for Adrian’s house. It had to have a unique architecture and seem to be located around Silicon Valley”. explained in particular the producer Kylie du Fresne. “Everything is subtly different.” added Leigh Whannell, specifying that he even had to have an authentic mailbox sent from the United States. As for the production designer, Alex Holmes, he confided that he had a lot of work to ensure that all the large-scale sets, such as the San Francisco police station, the restaurants, the hospital or the streets, resemble those of the city of California.

Driving on the right or on the left?

The film crew ofInvisible Man finally faced another challenge to transform Sydney and San Francisco. And not least! It was indeed to give the impression that all cars are made to drive on the right of the road, as in the United States, and not on the left, as is the case in Australia. “There aren’t many left-hand drive cars in Australia. We had to be very inventive.” confessed Alex Holmes. In practice, cars with the steering wheel on the left were therefore reserved for scenes requiring filming of the front of the vehicle, while those with the steering wheel on the right were used for scenes showing the rear. The production designer even sometimes used fake frills to make the illusion perfect. He also recycled used vehicles by transforming them using vinyl film to change the color of the bodywork. What a story !

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