Two Movies In One
Because Frequency takes place in two parallel universes separated by some
30 years, it required two wholly separate yet intertwined set and costume design
concepts. For cast and crew, this meant that a common question at the start of
any given day was: What year is it today?
"We essentially shot two movies in one," comments Gregory Hoblit.
"One took place in 1969, the other in 1999." In fact, Hoblit had his
technical crew construct two sets with identical floorplans - one decorated to
represent 1969, the other to reflect John Sullivan's 1999 existence.
Even more complicated to handle was the fact that every time something
changed in 1969 - even the slightest movement of a piece of furniture -- the
consequences had to be physically reflected in the reality of 1999. Explains
Hoblit: "Each and every department, from the art department to props to
visual effects and wardrobe had to be aware of the effects of the time
convergence. They had to realize that even a split-second event in one era would
cause changes in the costumes, hair and makeup, furniture, picture frames,
everything on the screen."
He continues: "Thinking through all the details could be mind-bending at
times. Depending on how time warps at any given moment, John experiences
multiple memories and even little minutiae of his daily life change, like family
snapshots and items on his walls." "Great continuity was the key to
this production," adds producer Bill Carraro. "With every new memory
for John, the sets went through some sort of transition. Keeping track of all
those minute changes in the background was the key to making it seem real."
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