THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE
The Moon, The Stars, The Earth
From the beginning, Rand Ravich knew the look
of The Astronaut's Wife had to be as wild, complex and
shock-inducing as the events that befall Spencer and Jillian Armacost.
He worked closely in collaboration with acclaimed, five-time Oscar-nominated
cinematographer Allen Daviau, whose work includes the space-age
classic E,T: The Extra Terrestrial as well as Empire
of the Sun, Bugsy and The Color Purple, to fine-tune
the film's visceral, inner-sanctum view of fear. Daviau went for
a disorienting tapestry effect: from the cool alienation of space
to the blinding warmth of Florida to the hazy, impersonal frenzy
Says Charlize Theron: "Allen Daviau is a genius, and I don't
use that word lightly. He's the kind of guy that can create nightmares
on film, the kind of guy who has nightmares if something isn't
lit absolutely perfectly. It brings out the best in people when
you have someone who is that passionate about what they do."
Equally vital to the film's chilling ambiance was production designer
Jan Roelfs, who previously received Oscar nominations for his
work on the historical Orlando and the futuristic Gattaca. Here,
he designs a contemporary reality that is just slightly more disconcerting
and shadow-ridden than the one we inhabit in ordinary daylight.
He raises the same questions about reality visually that Jillian
asks herself emotionally.
"Jan Roelfs knows how to make the ordinary look spectacular,"
states producer Andrew Lazar. "His production design is very
unique. He gives the aura of something being a bit odd at the
heart of NASA's headquarters and the hospital and everywhere Jillian
goes, but without making them alien in any obvious way."
Adds Rand Ravich: "Jan's work lent an unsettling elegance
to the film through constant subtle suggestions and overriding
Shot on location in New York City and Los Angeles, the production
utilized numerous well-known sites including Staten Island, Washington
Square Park, Wall Street, and City Hall on the East Coast; and
the Greystone Mansion, Santa Monica Civic Center and downtown
Los Angeles' Unocal building on the West Coast.
Sums up Mark Johnson: "The look of the film is meant to be
at once romantic and uniquely disquieting. The idea is that by
the end of the movie your heart will have gone through a lot:
it will be touched and broken by a tragic love story and shocked
to the point of pounding by an incredible psychological tale of
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