A World at War
The sequel's more elaborate sets, wider variety of detailed costumes and
bigger action sequences were designed to immerse moviegoers in a world at war in
The Divergent Series: Insurgent, as well as thrust them into the more intense
and dangerous SIMs.
The five factions of this future society are Dauntless, Abnegation, Erudite,
Amity and Candor. Though still set in a future walled-in Chicago, the production
was based in film-friendly Atlanta. "One of the challenges was finding very
distinct looks as we go from faction to faction," says executive producer Todd
Lieberman. "We start in lush Amity, which is outside and beautiful; we go to the
eclectic Factionless, which is mostly interior, featuring metal and concrete;
and then we go to black-and-white Candor, which has clean lines and reflective
Production designer Alec Hammond observes, "The Divergent Series: Insurgent
is really five films in one. You have to shift gears completely for the look of
each faction, as they all have different rules."
Filmmakers actually created three full-sized, 360-degree environment builds:
Amity, Factionless and Erudite, plus dozens of smaller-scale sets. "Chicago was
not fully explored in the first film. We primarily saw only the Abnegation
village and Dauntless Pit, as well as little bits and pieces of Erudite,"
comments Hammond. "During production of the first movie, the third book had not
yet been written. We had a great advantage in designing this film knowing the
full breadth of the novels. We were able to give each portion its own visual
character, from the architecture to the clothes to the props."
World-renowned costume designer Louise Mingenbach oversaw a massive costume
department. "Establishing each of these worlds, we had to dress upwards of 400
extras to create the feeling of each of these factions. That meant we needed
about 700 costumes multiplied by five," estimates Mingenbach. "I enjoyed the
challenge of working in each faction's restricted color scheme, which was
something I'd never done."
Lieberman adds, "Robert wanted to put his own stamp on the costumes, and the
intent was to differentiate each faction, but not have all of the people within
each faction dress the same. Amity has earth tones, Candor has blacks and
whites, Dauntless has blacks and silvers, Erudite has blues, but when we go to Factionless, it's a hodgepodge. Louise has done a really fantastic job of being
stylish and modern, but at the same time fitting within the palette of those
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