Behind the scenes - Set Photos/Videos (Potential Spoilers)

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Lol at Nolan in that top right pic. Unphased. Looks like he’s already bored of this film and thinking of his next mindfucker

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Just a funny find imo - a crew member wearing an INTERSTELLAR T-Shirt on the TENET set :D
Screenshot from the BTS featurette.

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Mr. Alley wrote:
August 17th, 2020, 6:22 am
Just a funny find imo - a crew member wearing an INTERSTELLAR T-Shirt on the TENET set :D
I noticed that too! :lol:

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The production process of TENET examined

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long read (therefore the spoiler tag and also might include spoilers)
from cine21 (Korean) site auto translated from Google
The production process of TENET examined

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Nolan (far left) looking at actors in protective clothing and cinematographer Hoyter Panhoy Theme. Photo courtesy of literature

“Don’t try to understand. Feel it.” Is there a line that expresses <Tennet> so well? Even if you can't see unfamiliar laws of physics and complex timelines, you can feel the movie richly. Director Christopher Nolan, who provided a cinematic experience with a spectacle that stimulates the audio-visual experience, began working on the screenplay for ``Tennet'' from 2014 to turn the image of retrograde envisioned 20 years ago into a film, and completed the screenplay after ``Dunkirk'' in 2018. In the winter of 2018, I formed a team and started pre-production, and filmed from May to November 2019. The process was followed by film critic and reporter Jace Motram. <Tennet: Making Film Book>, a record of his interviews with the Nolan director, production crew, and actors, was published in the Literature Handbook on August 28. Let's take a look at the production period of <Tennet> based on this book.

Implementing inversion cinematically

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Stahlsk-12 set built in Eagle Mountain. Photo courtesy of literature

Director Christopher Nolan believed in the visual potential of Invergence. “Before cameras and movies were invented, humans had no way of visualizing moving objects in reverse order. It is entirely a product of the camera mechanism. It has given us tremendous insight into seeing reality differently.” Director Nolan not only adopted a methodology to implement inversion cinematically in the camera mechanism, but also modified the IMAX camera to enable reverse shooting.

Effort was also required for special effects and actions that proceed backwards. Special effects director Scott Fisher devised a technique that would make it look cool even if the moments of material change, such as ignition, sublimation, and explosion, are reproduced upside down. Special attention was paid to the scene where the fire from Sator (Kenneth Branner) became ice due to the invert effect, and after taking the process of melting the frost on the glass with fire, we were able to get a satisfactory result by replaying it. The peak of appears during the battle in Stahlsk-12. The special effects team used three buildings for the scene where the exploded bunker returns to its original state, as well as the scene where the upper part of the building explodes and the lower part returns to its original state. One 10m high building was designed to represent two conditions before and after destruction, and the other two were built as a one-third of the size of the building, one in the reverse direction and the other in the forward direction. Each shot with matching angles was combined into one, and an amazing scene was completed.

Finding the sound of retrogression in the history of music

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Icebreaker revolving door set. Photo courtesy of literature

The idea of retrogression didn't just stay visually. Ludwig Yeransson, who was the winner of the 91st Academy Awards Music Awards (<Black Panther>) and joined the <Tennet> team at the recommendation of Hans Zimmer, studied the retrograde composition method in the history of music, inspired by the concept of Invert. He studied to write a song that sounds the same even when listening to the front and back. He mixed the beats of the percussion sound transformed with the effector used for guitar, the industrial sound with distortion, the snare drum played in the military band, and the beat of the 808 bass drum mainly used in hip-hop. Created a “different and futuristic sound”. On the other hand, he tried to “fit melody and harmony with the emotion of the story,” using stringed instruments to properly melt orchestral elements into the electronic genre. Yeranson said, "This idea of adding humanity to the technical is perfect for the theme of <Tennet>."

Stahlsk-12 embodies the feeling of Chernobyl

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Oslo revolving door cross section. Photo courtesy of literature

The timeline of <Tennet> can only be completed after reconstructing the plot around space. In order to take the audience to an unforgettable place at a glance, production director Thomas Haslip and art director Nathan Crawley started location hunting five months before cranking with director Nolan. The Ukrainian Opera House, which opens a movie with a magnificent view, stopped by Stockholm and Oslo to find a theater suitable for the scene, and eventually chose Lina Hall in Tallinn, Estonia. The feeling of the Brutalist-style building built in the Soviet era fits the story well. Ragna Boulevard, where the highway chase scene was shot, was also discovered at this time. Tallinn, which was not in Nolan's original screenplay, was added as one of several stages of <Tennet> in this process.

This was possible because Nolan, who saw <Darkness in Tallinn>(1993) during pre-production, decided to go to Tallinn “impulsively” during the hunting. It was hard to find the location of Stahlsk-12, where Sator's hometown and the climax battle scene will unfold. Art director Nathan Crawley dispatched team members to other parts of the world, including Mongolia, and wandered around in search of "a desolate place where I don't feel like going at all." The final choice was the abandoned mine at Eagle Mountain in California. This area near Joshua Tree National Park was like an industrial ruin, but the art team built a village by airlifting 30 buildings, streetlights, and signs to "realize the feeling of Chernobyl". The cave of Stahlsk-12, where the principal (John David Washington) and Ives (Aron Taylor Johnson) face a dire moment, was built in Warner Bros. Studios. The cave set that filled the 30m high stage went through several explosions to get a sense of reality. A water tank and pump were also used to create the falling water.

Airplane demolition god mobilized even physicists

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Soldiers waiting to be inverted from the icebreaker revolving door. Photo courtesy of literature

In addition to buildings and caves, Nolan directly exploded an airplane. Nolan, who met again with aviation coordinator Craig Hosking, who participated in <Dunkirk>, shopped scrap planes in Oslo Freeport to take a picture of a plane crashing into a hangar. The selected 747 plane was modified for filming, and a physicist was also used to calculate when the plane's brakes should be applied correctly.

Nolan not only avoids CG, but also actually produces various devices to persuade the worldview of the movie. A typical example is the creation of a set that can actually rotate for the hotel hallway scene in <Inception>. In <Tennet: Making Film Book>, the algorithm symbolizing the conflict of <Tennet> and the process of making a revolving door, a device used for inversion Introduce them individually. In the film, there are three revolving doors, including Oslo Freeport, Tallinn Freeport, and the revolving door on the icebreaker heading for Stahlsk-12.

Art director Nathan Crawley came up with the idea of'there must be two cylinders' according to the principle of Inversion. After thinking about it, I designed a revolving door in which two cylinders form a pair and applied it to the revolving door in Oslo and Tallinn, drawing on the London Underground, precisely the round-shaped aluminum train that traveled between Waterloo Station and Bank Station in the past.

The revolving door for soldiers heading to Stahlsk-12 has the most heterogeneous design, as it has to be used by multiple people, and it is also made so that emergency exits and shut-off devices can actually work

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[Source : http://www.cine21.com/news/view/?mag_id=96093]

Also there's two interviews with
Producer Emma Thomas : from the location to the theater release
and Interview with : leading actor John David Washington
in the August 2020 issue of Cine21

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website - http://www.cine21.com/db/mag/content/?ind_serial=1269

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More pictures from the BTS book : Secrets of TENET
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great pics!

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Kinga looks like Sean Bean

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Lol! That is super cool and extremely terrifying

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