Updated on 7/29/16; scroll to bottom for more photos
One of our highest priorities for Tiger of the White Sun is to portray a high level of historical accuracy and realism. As a result, a big chunk of our summer is being spent patinating uniforms to make them look dirty and worn from use in the field.
Here are a few examples of what our uniforms look like right "out of the box."
Of course, war zones do not exactly allow for pristine cleanliness of clothing and kit.
We're therefore using special distressing substances from a German-based costume supply company called Patin-A. A variety of different products are applied: Patin Wax, Patin Mud, and Patin Paste, a water soluble paint-like substance that is streaked on with a brush.
Today we completed our first uniform set for Private Yen, played by Yao Xie. Take a look at the before and after comparisons below:
The process is extremely time consuming, but well worth the effort. Five more uniforms to go -- stay tuned for more photos!
Update 7/29/16: More uniforms complete!
Captain Li, squad leader (Justin Chien)
Corporal Wong, machine gunner (Brandon Jonathan Wong)
Lieutenant Chan (Eddie Shan)
Warrant Officer Su (Eddie Yu)
Take an exclusive look at a filming day at Waseca's Masonic Lodge.
Located amidst a charming residential neighborhood in Waseca, Minnesota, the Tuscan Lodge is a local architectural attraction with a gorgeous (and rarely seen) interior. Multiple scenes from both the feature and short versions of The Root of Evil were shot here, and you may be surprised by which ones. Most recognizably, the exterior of this building is seen in the feature version when the gangsters O'Malley and McGurn are sent to Boroshlav's safe house to carry out an assassination.
Though most of the remaining scene was filmed in the interior of a farmhouse near Owatonna, the inside entrance of the Tuscan Lodge is also briefly seen.
Nearly a year later in 2014, we returned to the lodge to shoot the penultimate scene of the film: Kensington's final moment at the end of both versions of ROE. The scene was filmed in one of the many small bedrooms and offices on the second floor.
The other region of the lodge used in the film is dramatically different from the stately rooms of the first and second floors. Known colloquially among the cast and crew as "the dungeon," the basement of the Tuscan Lodge was picture-perfect for the scenes in which Chanson is imprisoned and interrogated (feature version).
The "dungeon hallway" can be seen again near the end of the movie, when Boroshlav stalks through the house to confront Kensington.
Flaming Gnome Studios would like to thank the Masons of Lodge #77 (particularly Waseca Mayor Roy Srp) for generously lending this beautiful space to us for multiple filming days. We grew familiar with this building as a cast, and the long hours spent inside almost made the lodge feel like home. Indeed, sentimentality will be felt whenever we drive past that quaint building in Waseca.
Explore one of the many impressive locales seen inThe Root of Evil.
Completed in 1923, St. Paul's Union Depot is an architectural jewel in a city known for its beautiful historic buildings. Before the widespread use of automobiles, this railroad station was a bustling hub of transportation hosting 282 train movements on a daily basis. Even in the face of decreasing ridership, the station continued to run for nearly five decades after its construction. On April 30, 1971, Union Depot ceased operations.
After decades of relative disrepair, an ambitious project to restore the station to its former glory was approved in 2005. Seven years and $243 million later, Union Depot celebrated its grand reopening as an active transportation center in late 2012. I was part of that crowd of onlookers, watching in awe as the Grand Concourse was unveiled. It was a truly magnificent sight. The great skylights (formerly darkened during the war years) cast a brilliant golden light upon the waiting room, with its gorgeous frieze detailing.
Such a space seemed prime for our period film. The exceptional renovation was done with meticulous attention to detail, with no expense spared. And yet, the station remained empty during our early visit. Plans for modern light rail, Amtrak and Greyhound services were in the then-distant future. We swiftly took advantage of this temporary vacancy, filming our scenes (with generous permission) in May of 2013.
Filming took place from early morning to late afternoon. Our time was cut short by a gradual stream of curious visitors, clad in modern garb. As we left that marvel of architectural beauty, our cast and crew felt humbled. How many have had the remarkable opportunity to shoot a movie in such a public space without outside distractions?
Today, crowds of commuters have returned to Union Depot--a place that was born into the roaring 1920's before seemingly fading away into the modern age. We have had the tremendous honor to witness its rebirth.
RYAN A. HUANG