OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE was shot on location in Rhode Island, where for 36 days the local terrain was timewarped back to the 70s
OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE was shot on location in
Rhode Island, where for 36 days the local terrain was timewarped
back to the 70s. Corrente took over Providence's Cranston Street
Armory, turning it into makeshift soundstages where much of the
interior action was shot. Costume designer Annie Dunn spent her
nights reading through 1970s Rhode Island high school yearbooks
looking for that authentic Disco-Era-In-Pawtucket look. "I
even contacted some of the people in the photographs to see if
they still had their old clothes," she laughs. "It was
a lot of fun finding the right stuff. We had decided ahead of
time we didn't want a 'costumey' look but a more realistic one."
And, she adds: "There isn't a thrift shop in Rhode Island
I haven't visited."
Also key to the look of OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE
was the use of two distinct film stocks for the grainer Pawtucket
portions of Tim Dunphy's life and the lighter, brighter, more
romantic period at the Cornwall Academy. Director of photography
Richard Crudo, who has photographed all of Michael Corrente's
films to date, specifically set out to shoot in two diametrically
opposed styles within a single story. "For blue-collar, low-down
Pawtucket we used cool, blue tones, deep shadows, no filtration,
hard light and a harsher, grainer stock," he explains, "while
at the school we went for a prettier, softer look, more diffuse,
yellow-toned and much warmer. I think it was very effective in
setting the two tones of Dunph' s adolescence."
Crudo, a Rhode Island native like Corrente
and the Farrellys, also had a chance with OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE to
really explore the imagery of his home town. "We shot Providence
from one end to the other and everything in between on this movie,"
he notes. "We brought out a lot of new textures that have
never been seen in Michael Corrente' s films before."
For the cast, life in a small town where everybody
knows each other was a new experience. Says Hatosy: "I didn't
realize how small Providence was until we got there. When you
started to notice that half the people who worked on the movie
were somehow related to the director, it hit you just how small
The cast lived in Providence during production,
soaking up the local atmosphere and dialect. "We basically
hung out with the crazy characters who live there . . . one of
them being Michael," explains Hatosy. "He and his friends
and the Farrellys loved to sit around telling stories with as
many grotesque, disgusting details as possible. That's the kind
of guys they are and that's the kind of guys we play in the movie.
But it was incredibly fun because Michael's like a god in Providence.
All day long we had these big Italian guys coming around to and
saying 'Hey, let me feed you.' As Dunph would say, Michael's a
Continues Alec Baldwin: "Michael is rare.
He's very generous of spirit, he's very warm and funny, and he's
also very passionate - and just below the surface is this wonderful
sense that he's just a little nutty. But it was a pleasure to
work on a film that is so personal and meaningful to the director.
It made this movie one of the best experiences I've ever had on
Baldwin also applauds Corrente's commitment
to the local community via filmmaking. "He uses all l
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