“I immediately appreciated the quiet of early mornings in the pear orchard. I approached each frame trying to capture that. The scenes of Andy alone in the trees are especially still to invite the audience to notice the landscape; we wanted to express the character of the orchard. As a character in and of itself.
I hope our audience too can find the beauty we felt on the farm and begin to understand Andy’s grappling with her new, changing sense of home.”
-Thomas Crandall, Cinematographer
“Lake County struck me as a place at odds with itself; a manicured wilderness. The endless grids of vineyards and orchard were filled in with weeds and bugs that had free rein in the spaces the mowers couldn’t touch.
I expected silence in the middle of the orchard. Instead, I found an incessant rhythm of insects and birds. In the distance, the sound of a nearby quarry haunted me throughout the shoot. Recording so many constant competing wild and mechanic sounds presented a challenge.
In capturing these extremes, my recording strategy involved picking out the quietest sounds (dragonflies fighting, an actor’s sigh) and the loudest (the saw-tooth buzzing of crickets in competition with tractors and ATVs.) I hope the range of sounds and details I captured immerses the audience in this paradoxical world portrayed on screen.”
– Charles Theobald, Audio Recordist
“While trying to capture the farming lifestyle, we sought out that ironic balance between the romanticized, nostalgic version of farming and real struggles farmers face in the 21st century.
Everything on the farm, from the forklift to the kitchen stove is run down, covered in mud and showing age. There’s a beauty in the simplicity and the timelessness that contrasts with the clean elegance of Linda’s city apartment. The hastily mowed rows of the orchard oppose the fastidious lawns of ever-encroaching development and this poses precisely the threat to Andy’s way of life: efficient, modernized globalism.”
– Robert Mahaffie, Production Designer