Navy Pier was also the location of the Fear Landscape Room, the pinnacle of
simulation sequences showing the characters' inner lives. Burger and his
director of photography
used different camera lenses for the serum induced scenes: the Aptitude Tests,
Simulations, and the Fear Landscapes were all shot with anamorphic lenses to
give a slightly
different look from the rest of the film.
"One of the greatest things about the book is the aptitude tests and fear
which are intense, controlled nightmares," says Burger. "As a filmmaker, that
was one of the
most attractive things: to be able to create that inner world of mostly Tris,
but also we go into
Four's head as well. How do you show that inner life? How do you show somebody's
fears in a
way that's completely believable and also, horrifying to the audience?"
The simulations provide some exciting moments in the film involving fears
dizzying heights, flames, water, and birds. "These are dangerous situations in
requiring cooperation between the camera, production design, and visual effects.
working together to try to make it as seamless possible, so it looks as real as
possible, and you
feel it's happening to Tris and it's happening to you."
Nicholson comments, "The simulations don't have to obey the laws of Physics,
analogue storytelling. It can jump all over the place, so it can be quite
confusing and terrifying."
There was a size progression to the spaces where characters enter the
film starts at the Aptitude Test which takes place in a small white room with a
training the Fear Simulations are induced in the slightly less plain Fear Sim
Room; and finally the
Fear Landscape is induced in the cavernous Navy Pier Ballroom. "I was very keen
to have the
dramatic, shocking moment when you open up into that big room at the end," say
Maggie Q appreciated the simple design of the Aptitude Testing Room, where
character first determines that Tris is Divergent. "I like the stark difference
nothingness of this very complicated world and then the everything of what's
happening in the
psyche of these kids."
Roth appreciated going inside these portals to the characters' fears. "The
that I had visiting set was seeing the simulation room, which is funny because
that's basically just
a room with a chair, a computer, and a syringe in it. That's all there is. But
the chair was this
gross orange color with interesting details, and it had this ominous looking
syringe was a scary looking torture device, and there's something about it that
Every little detail of this is working together to make this situation seem just
as frightening as it
actually is to the person who is sitting in that chair. When you look at it, you
feel the paranoia that
Tris feels when she walks in there. That was one of the best days because it was
so clear that
every little thing, even the lighting, which is orange-y and creepy looking, had
arranged to create this whole atmosphere."
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