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ABOUT TIME

Making the World a Better Place: Locations
About Time began its nine-week shoot in June 2012, filming for three weeks in Cornwall, five weeks on location in London and a week at Ealing Studios.

Originally, when Curtis penned the script, he had Scotland in mind for the location of the Lake family home. However, filmmakers did not have luck securing a suitable house in that country, so they moved along to Cornwall. Curtis and the producers began to assemble a stellar below-the-line team to bring their vision to life.

Production designer John Paul "JP" Kelly had never worked with the writer/director before and was pleased to find out the similarities between Curtis and his films. Shares Kelly: "Richard believes the world should be a better place, and this film is very much about that. It's close to his mantra: If you look at the day the right way, you can make it a good day or one as tough as you want. He has got an incredible positivity, and he's very inclusive with his family and his work, which is quite unusual."

Similarly, Kelly had a specific vision when searching for the location, desiring a house that had to be believable and complement the charm and magic of the story. Curtis also had expectations. He explains: "I wanted to be able to see the sea from the window; this was very important. I had it in my mind that when the dad was talking to his son you were able to see the sea through the window."

About Time begins in the house in Cornwall where Tim and his family have always lived. Reflects Curtis: "Then it keeps returning there, as life does when you're engaged, when you have a child, when people get sick. The home symbolizes growing up, losing people and gaining people."

The Lake home that the team discovered was a privately owned 1850s house in Porthpean, with a garden overlooking the sea and its own path down to the beach. Truly, it could not have been a more perfect location in which to incorporate Kelly and Curtis' vision. The majority of the scenes including the family were filmed at this home.

Other locations used by the production in Cornwall were the fishing village of Portloe -- for the exterior wedding scene and the sequence in which the congregation travels up the country path in the storm; St Michael Penkevil church, for the wedding scene; and Vault Beach in Gorran Haven, for the simple moments in which the family has its afternoon tea on the beach.

"Cornwall is the most wonderfully idiosyncratic, welcoming place," enthuses the writer/director. "What was great was that Cornwall turned out to have all the qualities, both socially and visually, that I wanted from the house, as well as the surrounding areas. It has its own unique character and is a beautiful part of the country."

Prior to filming, Curtis took Gleeson and McAdams to the restaurant Dans Le Noir in London, which is where their characters meet for the very first time. The restaurant is completely in the dark, and customers are guided and served by blind staff. While an experience for the senses, not all the patrons were thrilled. "I found it terrifying," recalls McAdams. "You don't know where the exit is. You don't know what people are doing around you, and you have no idea what's on your plate. I brought that experience into the scene for my character. Mary is not very comfortable and not secure about the whole scenario. When she meets Tim, he is a kind of rock, a beacon for her. She is grateful to hit it off with another person and be able to rely on someone in the dark."

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