Kurt Wimmer &
9. Doubting Father?
Kurt: This is the...
Lucas: This is the inside of that set we were talking about
earlier, the Glockenterm, it's that, the inside of that building.
Kurt: Cathedral-like. And I remember you were concerned
about these words back there.
Lucas: Yeah, there are some pretty interesting, uh, words
written on the wall in that building.
Kurt: Well it's Ger... it's German... it's in German and,
um, we didn't really know what it said but it's done in this, it was
done in World War Two, or just prior to World War Two and done in this
heavily, uh, Germanic style that was all the rage and very
recognisable. And we didn't know what it said. I was gonna
shoot here no matter what and, uh, Lucas was worried though,
Lucas: Just slightly concerned. (laughs)
Kurt: (laughs)...and I said, um, "Hey, don't worry about
it. We won't light it" you know its just so.. (laughs)
Kurt: ...but a great set, you know.
Kurt: Great, cheap set.
Lucas: It didn't cost us anything , you know, anything to
build and we got a lot of value out of places like that where we just
shot these massive buildings and edifices that people constructed like,
you know, the Templehof airport or the subway set that you're seeing.
Kurt: You know, it's a matter of opinion, uh, whether this
looks like a twenty-million dollar film or not. I don't think it
does, um, I think it looks like more than a twenty-million dollar film
and that all comes back to making decisions like that, finding, um, you
know, sets that will work for this scene, uh, that, you know, cost the
same as other sets that would work that will convey...
Lucas: Hey, there's my box!
Kurt: there's... that's right, that's his box! And, um, you
know, and using them and making what hopefully, intelligent choices
about that to give scope to a film.
Lucas: That's in part why we went to Berlin, I mean, I think
we made a conscious choice to try to, you know, find this stuff in real
life and... and there were a lot of other places we could have gone in
the world from, you know, we talked about Brazil and we talked about
Kurt: That's right.
Lucas: ...and various other places, and we looked at a lot
of location photos and we sent scouts out and we... we ultimately
decided Berlin had the most interesting mix of, kind of old and new,
Kurt: That's right... it... it is a unique mix, actually,
of, uh, old, I mean, and we wanted the sort of nineteenth century
architecture. It didn't really work out at the end of the day
but, you know, Dupont's office, we were hoping we could get to shoot
more of these german palaces and ended up having to... having to build
it, which is kind of taxing. But, uh, and then obviously we
wanted the fascist architecture and then we wanted some of the, sort of
the futuristic architecture that's been built there.