DOGMA was shot almost entirely in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a city that has the
strange distinction of being able to stand in for a host of other locales, in
this case Chicago, New Jersey and Wisconsin. The production was, in logistics,
organization and sheer scope, by far the most ambitious production Kevin Smith
and Scott Mosier had ever attempted.
There were problems from up above -
most notably, tremendous rainstorms and even one of Pittsburgh's rare but mighty
tornadoes. "I remember looking up at the sky and saying 'wow,' Kevin,
there's a funnel cloud' in the distance and the suddenly realizing it was
real," recalls Linda Fiorentino.
But Smith was nonplussed. "I know
it was a tight schedule and tight budgetarily. I know there was a lot of rain
but for me it doesn't really seep in because I'm just concentrating. My job is
always the same: I write the script, I rehearse the actors, and I make sure the
actors reflect what I saw in my head. So I say thank God for Mosier. Without
Mosier, where would I be? He takes all that other stuff by the horns and does a
In the end, Smith was awed not by the
obstacles that faced the film but by its power to bring people together.
"It was amazing to have all these people pull together to do it. Many of
them got paid far, far below what they're used to getting paid. Their commitment
was touching and heart-warming."
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