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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 winter.

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 a lot."


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