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Coney Island is one of the most iconographic sites that New York City has to offer. It has a magical feel that makes it seem like anything is possibly while at the same time feels like it’s hiding something. The Wonder Wheel is something you can’t recreate in a stage.
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Shooting on location Vs Green screens and sets- New York is not an atmosphere you can recreate. The usefulness of actually being at the locations really captures the spirit of New York. Authenticity is what we strive for in every aspect of our show and being in NY is no exception.
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Real popcorn is being made! Christian had the idea for Mr. Robot to munch on the popcorn as one of his character’s attributes. There’s never been a set like this arcade before. A unique set for a unique show!
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Rami focuses a lot on his character Elliot and really takes care to bring out the best performance every time he is on camera. Off camera he loves interacting with the crew, fondly referred to as “The Mayor” he knows everyone’s name and loves cracking jokes with them
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Shooting in NYC Subways is a tricky situation since we use one station for all of the actual subway car footage. The location of this is in Kensington Brooklyn, and we have to change all of the signage for the stop we want it to play as. Due to rush hour time constraints these days have to be meticulously planned to get everything we need.
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In a scene that was eventually cut, we showed Tyrell Wellick eating a Nathan's Hotdog. Martin Wallstrom ended up eating 12 of these hotdogs in real life!
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The lower third on the TV’s reporting on Terry Colby’s arrest read “How to tell if your kitchen appliances are planning to kill you”
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The day we shot at Coney Island the weather was up and down, typical of NYC in the Springtime. There was a 20 minute torrential downpour, which then brought in highspeed winds. The remainder of the day turned out to be beautiful. Always bring layers when visiting NY!
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All of the video games seen in the fsociety arcade were named by our writers room, one of them has a part II in episode 104.
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With the help of Visual Effects, the railing Elliot is pushed off of is made to look much higher than it actually was. The railing we used for the shot was only 4ft off the ground!
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The first 8 Episodes were written before we began Principle Photography.
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For the fight Tyrell has with the homeless man after leaving Philip Price’s office, Martin Wallström made the suggestion that his character would have a special weapon for such an occasion: a kubaton.
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Mr. Robot is committed to being as authentic as possible. In order to maintain this feeling, production always strives to stay away from using the “burn-in” technique that most shows rely on. 100% of the screens you see are created prior to the shooting of the episode.
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The Set Dressing team made a conscious decision to keep Elliot’s desk as impersonal as possible. His is the only Desk in Allsafe without any personal effects on it.
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Gideon’s apartment is actually located in Long Island City Queens at The Foundry, where other TV shows like HBO’s GIRLS has shot at.
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Our Wardrobe and Props department worked together to create a special Belt Buckle to fit the Raspberry Pi behind.
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Check out Mobley’s 3 Wolf Moon Shirt! That was a wardrobe choice made with specific intent - we wanted to bring the internet sensation onto the show.
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The motel room they check into for Elliot to rest up in was built on our swing stage at Silvercup Studios.
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One of the crew’s favorite moments was the filming of a scene that includes a clip from the movie “Hackers.” It took about 6 weeks to clear the clip for the show to use!
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To capture the sequence with Elliot writhing from withdrawal, the wall was removed from behind his head.
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For Evil Corp HQ, the facility is actually located in Rye Brook NY.
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Before the building was divided into different office spaces it was a Kraft Foods, Inc. HQ!
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A plexi glass wall in front of the camera was used to capture the bouncing ball action for the opening scene in the jail.
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While searching locations for a jail, the production team ended up shooting every jail scene inside various parts of Silvercup Studios.
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Bill Harper was such an honest character that in the first few cuts the studio thought Elliot was too mean to him!
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The scene in the bathroom where Elliot plants the Raspberry Pi was shot later because the building didn’t have a bathroom closet big enough to shoot in.
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The Painting Hanging in the opening scene is one by the Dominican painter Gilberto Hernandez Ortega. Oretga was a surrealist painter born in 1923 and died in 1978.
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The Spanish Restaurant with Elliot and Shayla is actually a Pizza Parlor located in Long Island City.
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In order to keep Elliot’s hair cut looking fresh Rami Malek had a haircut every other day before call.
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Antara Nayar, Angela’s Lawyer’s office is on the same stage as the Motel was from episode 104!
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The last shot where we reveal Shayla was all done on hand held by our DP Tod Campbell.
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The teaser for this episode is the most emotional scene for Sam Esmail in the season- especially since he directed.
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Romero's Backyard is at the same location as Anwars apartment from episode 3.
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The veterinarians office was shot at Brooklyn College in a classroom we dressed to look like a doctors office.
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In order to de-age Frankie Shaw's character Shayla we added extensions to her hair and changed her wardrobe to a more innocent look to convey this was an earlier time for her.
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We shot the scene outside Elliot's apartment on the last day of Frankie Shaw's work, at the end of the day to try and capture magic hour. Sam kept shooting it over and over because he felt like she was really leaving our little family. It was too sad to say goodbye.
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In earlier versions of the episode we didn't intend on killing off Sharon Knowles but felt the story we ended up with was much stronger. Stayed tuned to find out what that was!
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The reveal of Angela and Darlene as friends takes place at a Ballet Studio, a location specifically chosen in order for the audience to perceive each of them in a more innocent light. The interesting clothing choice for each of them was conscious to show the difference between the two of them (or is there a difference?)
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The fsociety alley shown during the opening titles was shot the last time production went to Coney Island for the season. It was a bittersweet day.
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For Blank’s Disk Recovery, production had to build everything inside of an empty office space. The clean room that was built actually blocked all cellphone reception.
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On the train when Elliot realizes who Darlene is and smashes the camera, production used a GoPro and built a special rig.
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In the teaser scene at the top of the episode, the placement of the MR. ROBOT sign on the storefront was extremely important to Sam Esmail in order for it to be used as the title card for this episode.
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Mr. Robot’s store was actually located in Yonkers, New York across the Hudson River.
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Elliot’s runaway place with Angela is in a museum. That is a nod to a book entitled “From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” by E.L. Konigsburg.
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The expansive model of New York City in the museum is actually located in the Queens Museum of Science.
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Portia and Carly wanted to make their great escape from Darlene and Elliot’s childhood home through the doggie door. However, production decided instead to keep the tone of the episode on the more serious side, and the idea was scrapped.