"Green Book," which Universal unveiled on November 16, is centered on the unlikely friendship between the Jamaican-American classical pianist Don Shirley and his driver Tony Vallelonga, a New York nightclub security guard, during a 1962 Central- West. and the south is substantially tensioned. The film premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in September and rose to become an Oscar nominee, including possible names of actors for the two leaders, Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.
Co-writer Peter Farrelly, better known as "Something About Mary," says it was a difficult production: "We had 35 days and $ 20 million to film this 120-page script – and dozens of locations , all ready in 1962. "The result seems easy, partly because of the cast and staff:" A lot of people did a lot of work for very little money because they liked the story. "
Sean Porter, Cinematographic
"I'm a story guy, so I wanted a visual balance." As a director, you want to cut your DP loose, and your movies like "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter" are beautiful, so I asked him, "Can we see your budget The colors made you feel like you were 1962. This was not something in post-production, it's how he lit and filmed. "The driving stuff was a challenge, with many conversations in the car There are only so many angles you can use, you do not want to become redundant, Sean and I wrote down all the angles for each car scene and mapped everything.
Tim Galvin, Production Designer
"We were constantly on the move. We filmed the whole thing in Louisiana, except for a day outside of New York. The hard part was finding places to double to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, the Bronx. Of course you can not shoot scenes in order; is too expensive. Besides, we had to be very careful with the leaves of the trees. We shot scenes of Don Shirley playing in maybe 15-16 theaters, with three or four a day sometimes. For Tony's apartment in New York, Nick Vallelonga [the son of Viggo Mortensen’s character and author of the book on which the film is based] brought photos of his house and from that time. We build very few sets. I think the funniest thing for Tim was Don Shirley's apartment, over Carnegie Hall, with all those baubles and the throne. One of the most satisfying moments was when we gave a performance to Dr. Shirley's friends of that time, and they said, "That's exactly his apartment!"
Patrick Don Vito, editor
"Usually with a movie, the first set up makes you want to vomit, but eventually you get there. With Patrick, it was there from the first assembly, only minor adjustments. I started telling people: "This movie is being edited!" And then I realized: "No, you idiot, Patrick is so good that it makes it look like the movie is editing." He takes what was in the paper, and he can translate it well. Many publishers can not. You want it to look perfect, just like what was done on the page, so you can put it together. With Patrick, it was perfect.
Betsy Heimann, Costume designer
"Betsy saved the day. She did a lot of great movies and I said, "I think you're great, but we do not have the money." She said, "I do it for free, I want to do it." She probably had a loss in making this movie. Shirley was smart, that was important.We did screenshots because Sean wanted to see how they would light up.Any time Mahershala [Ali] I'd walk on the set looking so fantastic, I'd tell Betsy, "You're going to steal it when we wrap it, right? You should."
Rick Montgomery, Casting director
"He did a lot of work. Rick was the first guy on board. He was contacting agents and managers while working for nothing; we did not even know if we had the money for a movie. These are the unknown heroes of the industry. Rick helped us reach Viggo and Mahershala before we even had a movie. And Linda Cardellini [who plays Mortensen’s wife] it was a pity in Rick's hat. She was perfect for the role. Most of the actors were from the Louisiana area. Casting is my least favorite part of the movie; you say not to 99 people but to one. Often they are all good but you have to choose one. This is difficult for everyone.
Kris Bowers, Music
"The film focuses on the piano playing of Don Shirley, so we think: we'll use other instruments when we can." Then Kris composed for a full orchestra. The scene at the first hotel – everyone's on the porch at night – is a very sad scene, and Kris's music is so important. He also worked with our music supervisor, Tom Wolfe, and did some of the piano playing as a double for Dr. Shirley. While we were shooting, he played for the audience and they went crazy. He worked with Mahershala to feel comfortable at the piano. Early on, we did a survey and asked, "Who is the best pianist around?" Kris's name always appeared. He was confident and easy to work with. He does not come as an artist.