We asked you on Facebook to send us any questions you had for the filmmakers of THE CONSPIRATOR. Here are some more of the answers! Keep asking questions, as we’ll be answering more in the coming weeks.
Cate A. Nelson asked…
Could the filmmakers share the thinking behind the ‘light’ imagery throughout the movie?
In the production, great pains were taken to recreate the look and feel of 1865. Robert Redford started his career as a painter and was very interested in the work of both Rembrandt and Vermeer as examples of the use of light and shadow for the movie. Add to that, the dust created by dirt streets, wood-burning fires and the ubiquitous cigar and pipe smoke, and the result is the shafts of light and shadow treatment that many people have noticed in the film.
Greyford Hunter asked…
Why didn’t the director choose to show what their teeth really would have looked like in the time of no dental care? it worked in the HBO production John Adams.
Actually, for many of the extras we made sure to show their bad teeth. (I have attached a photo). Just as today, good teeth were often a product of class and wealth. Many of the leading characters in the film had the means to have better dental care.
Michael Goddard asked…
Was the assassination scene filmed at Ford’s Theatre? It appeared much smaller than previous filmed reenactments of this famous scene.
Director Robert Redford, cinematographer Tom Sigel and set designer Kalina Ivanov spent a good deal of time at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, but they concluded that it would be better to re-create Ford’s Theatre on a sound stage (in order to move the camera more easily) than to shoot inside the theater itself.