Factionless: A Secret World
As Roth explains, "Abnegation believe in selflessness, Candor believe in
honesty, Dauntless are into bravery, Erudite value intelligence, and Amity value
kindness, peacefulness and friendship. A person still in the faction system
believes that to be Factionless means to be without community, to be
disenfranchised and on your own, and a failure in the most essential way. But,
to someone who is Factionless, it means freedom."
"The Amity palette was specific, but the Factionless palette is all over the
place," comments Hammond. "One of the main challenges was making Factionless
into something. We realize they may have been homeless at one point, but they're
far from that now. We discovered that they're actually as well organized as any
The four-story-high Factionless set filled an entire warehouse space and
continued outside into the parking lot. "Factionless is another showcase of Alec
Hammond's incredible production design. It's colorful, it's full of life, it's a
little steampunk, it's got a retro feel, and it's teeming with life. It's just a
beautiful set," comments Lieberman.
"Factionless is the one place in Divergent Chicago where we see art,
graffiti, murals and individual expressions of color in their living spaces and
their clothes," adds Hammond.
The interior portion consists of concrete cubbies, each with a different
apartment and its own unique story inside. The set also features a full-sized
scrap-wood house dropped in the middle of all the concrete features, home to
Factionless leader Evelyn. "The world has been meticulously mapped out-each
character has such specificity to the props and set dressing in their
environment," says Lieberman.
Naomi Watts, who plays Evelyn, agrees. "The Factionless set was incredible,
especially the way they have built something out of nothing, recycling old
junk," says the actress. "I brought my boys to set once and they still talk
about it to this day. I loved working there. I would have brought some pieces
home with me if I could."
In addition to the individualized cubbies, filmmakers designed a new logo
that appears as graffiti and new tattoos for the Factionless. But it was their
clothes that provided the biggest expression of their individuality. "We saw
Factionless only briefly as homeless people in the first movie, but they play
very strongly in this film," says Mingenbach. "An important story point is that
they are these super-strong, creative characters, and we expressed that with
stronger colors and more outlandish clothes at home.
"Evelyn's signature item started as a vintage jacket with a bit of white
detailing at the edges," she continues. Producer Douglas Wick suggested throwing
paint on the jacket to add contrast. "We ended up throwing bleach at it, a
pretty scary thing to do, but it looked fantastic. It's so nice to have
producers who are involved and interested. I don't know if I would have thrown
bleach at a one-of-a-kind jacket on my own," she laughs.
To film the turning point where Tris decides to save her allies by turning
herself in to Jeanine, filmmakers shot a scene where Tris walks from Factionless
to Erudite. To capture her courageous journey, filmmakers arranged a brief shoot
in Chicago, which involved opening all the bridges over the Chicago River
simultaneously. "Tris is journeying across the city to give herself up to
Jeanine and we realized this is a moment where we could really show off
Chicago," reveals Hook. "One of the defining elements in the city is the river
with its bridges. In the film, Lake Michigan has dried up and so has the river;
so we have Tris walk right down the middle of the Chicago River."
To accomplish this, production worked with the Coast Guard to hold boat
traffic and the Department of Transportation to coordinate all of the bridges.
"The Chicago River is in the middle of the city. It intersects Michigan Avenue
and is the busiest and most tourist-filled area, so we couldn't have done it
without tremendous cooperation from the city," says supervising location
manager, Janice Polley.
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