About The Locations
To match the gradually darkening tone of the film, Hoblit and
the producers chose to film in the fall on the East Coast, primarily
in and around Philadelphia; this way, the exteriors would track
the seasons as they progressed from the brighter feeling of fall
to the bleakness of approaching winter. And, although most of
the city scenes were shot in Philadelphia, the filmmakers were
careful to keep the city in "Fallen" unnamed- reinforcing
the allpervasiveness of the evil at the heart of the story.
"We all sat down and devised a color palette," explains
Hoblit. "I wanted the movie to go from a warm, luscious and
safe fall season with all these brilliant colors to a bleak, arid
and frozen winter. So we started in the fall and we finished in
Between Thomas Sigel (director of photography), Terence Marsh
(production designer) and Colleen Atwood (costume designer), we
just chose a color palette that goes from one look to another."
(Although Hoblit wanted to film the final scenes of the feature
with a blanket of snow on the ground, the weather simply refused
to take its cues and the specialeffects department was required
to make snow for numerous scenes.)
While the production company scouted several eastern cities for
locations, Philadelphia was selected because of its "freshness"
in location terms, according to Roven. "Hobbes' neighborhood
in Manayunk hasn't, to my knowledge, been filmed before and the
isolated region needed for the cabin sequences were shot in the
Pinelands in New Jersey, another region not used previously for
filming," adds the producer.
Hoblit liked the idea that the locations were fresh (to film audiences),
yet were very old in appearance. "You felt that people had
been there forever. And the architecture, the streets and the
subterranean locations were all really fascinating."
Capturing the mood of the film was paramount to Hoblit and his
team. He explains, "With 'Primal Fear,' it was talking heads-a
lot of characters speaking dialogue. There's a fair amount of
dialogue in 'Fallen,' but it's very atmospheric. And there are
long stretches where no one says anything. It's just Hobbes moving
back and forth between his world and this other world. The story
has to be told in a visually provocative and compelling way."
The atmosphere of the story also serves the suspense inherent
in the script. All concerned were cautious about moving the story
along at just the right pace. Hoblit elaborates, "You don't
want to lead the audience by the nose. You want to drop clues.
And you want an audience to be discovering the movie as our leads
are discovering it."
Although the serious content of the picture influenced the tone
on the set, the actors found time for levity. John Goodman comments,
"It was wonderful filming with Greg Hoblit because he's great
at getting things done and he's a lot of fun to work with. Denzel
was good to have around on location, especially when all the women
would come up and start screaming about me-Denzel would keep them
off of me. NO, seriously, he's a really funny guy. We laughed
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