About the Production
It required a certain amount of Googliness on the part of Levy and production designer Tom Meyer to reimagine a world where innovation intersects with fun and purpose. "We scouted Google a number of times. It's quirky, idyllic, strange, and very specific," says Levy. "But, it was clear to us that there's no way the production could shoot at Google for an entire month and a half, because they're an ongoing business. So we needed to find a way to replicate Google in Atlanta, which I initially thought would be impossible."
"Then Tom Meyer stumbled on Georgia Tech, which has an architecturally progressive, whimsical style," Levy continues. "It gave us a beautiful shell, with an aesthetic that was similar enough to Google that our furniture and design elements from Google -- including [signature Google accoutrements] like the slide, the SpaceShip One replica, and assorted and plentiful pillows and cushions, completed the transformation."
"I think the result is pretty seamless. You can't tell what we shot at Google and what we shot at Georgia Tech."
But infrastructure alone does not a Google campus make. "When you go to Google, the most important thing that you take away from it is its non-traditional aspect and out of the box thinking," says Meyer. "Google reps said to me when I was trying to recreate it, 'Do it, but keep the spirit of what Google is about.'"
"For each one of the sets we did a photo-real illustration, or a model, or both, then sent it off to Google, and had conversations back and forth," adds Meyer. "I tried to capture that feeling that you take away when you're an employee or visitor there. There's a huge sense of playfulness. And the idea of a healthy body and mind is central to Google."
Meyer says it was imperative that the transformation of Georgia Tech to "Google" yield an authentically immersive experience that reflected Google's mystique. "What we tried to do is take the raw space of the building, which is a beautiful blank slate and then give it that Google ID -- the color, furniture and objects, like the two thousand pound SpaceShip One replica that hangs from the five story atrium ceiling, and a two hundred and seventy degree circle slide, two and a half stories tall," says Meyer. "Those are the things that give Google its unique and playful feel."
"This isn't Owen and Vince being interns at Corporate Office Number 5. This is Google; this is Oz," adds Meyer. "So, the film starts off in the first act at a normal, almost retro-office environment, which we call Kansas [as in the "Wizard of Oz" setting], our black and white atmosphere. And then, when you go to Google, you hit those primary colors, the clean glass, white walls, and wacky, crazy objects, which provided a real sense of a pop and wonder.'"
Ultimately, THE INTERNSHIP's Googliness is that it's not just about life at Google. "It's about every one of us who'd like to believe that another shot is possible, that another kind of chapter in the story of you is possible," says Levy. "I don't know anyone who doesn't relate to that; whether you're 16, 22, or 40, we all want to believe that we can change our lives -- that it's never too late. And so, the movie is really about possibility."
In other words, we must dare to search.
Billy and Nick remind us that the best is yet to come, and that old dogs are capable of learning new tricks. With guts, grit and Googliness, everyone has a chance. So, dream big, dream again, dream some more. Because the world loves second acts.
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