DG: It was complicated and difficult, for sure. But it was complicated and difficult for everyone. There were when you realised that if you didn’t hit your mark it might be the last chance I get to do this shot today and the possibility that it might be the chance ever, because if the weather’s not good tomorrow then it doesn’t matter what we did yesterday! You definitely didn’t want to be the person to spoil things! But the buzz of when it went right was absolutely electric. There were days when you could really feel everyone hitting a level. It was exhilarating.
WP: And in the approach to shooting this, I don’t think we fully knew what we were in for. We knew it was an ambitious shoot, we knew it was going to be difficult, we knew it was going to be a long shoot – but there was no preparing for what this was going to be like technically. On a basic level I thought I knew what my function was within a film but this film, for me, required me to totally reformat my process. You had to be so synchronised with the camera and collaborate so intimately with what camera were doing and their movements and their decisions that the whole process had to be redesigned. It wasn’t as simple as hit your mark, say your line, then get the other part on coverage. It was more like performing a live piece of theatre.
DG: For sure. It was a really strange mixture between discovering and planning. I think there’s a desire to stress how awful the whole thing was, and it was really hard, but the nights after we had a good day were among the best rides home you could ever wish for.
WP: When you shoot for an extended period of time, it’s only natural that you’re going to end up loving or hating each other, especially when you factor in extremely difficult working days. I don’t think you can come out of something like this and not have very strong feelings for one another. It was very unifying. We were quite reliant on one another in the end.
DG: Everybody went up and down. It takes a toll – it sounds ridiculous when actors say something like that – but this is the one instance where it doesn’t feel quite so bad saying that!
WP: A lot has been made of the weather conditions and how ‘gruelling’ it was but there is a small part of you that appreciates how much it reduced the acting challenge. When you needed to act cold, that was taken care of for you. When you needed to act exhausted, you genuinely were.
DG: The only problem was when Alejandro said, “I need you to look a little warmer”. What? What?! I’m freezing my fucking balls off here!