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Shot over a time period of 3 and 1/2 years in different countries and seasons: Co-director Linnea Saasen: "We only had two days to shoot everything in London because it was during the 2012 Olympics. Then we shot during the winter in Berlin and it was quite brutal. When we shot in Montenegro we were all like, 'Why don't we shoot the whole film here?' Montenegro is a magical place." Shooting in Berlin with Rupert Friend and Jennifer Ulrich took about 4 weeks and shooting in Montenegro took over 2 months because of bad weather.
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The filmmakers/lead actors met in Berlin and fell in love. With no solid jobs and everything they owned on their backs, the couple rented an apartment in Sarajevo and wrote a script based off of their own romance. A couple of weeks later, they began shooting in Germany, where both live.
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Co-editor Linnea Saasen never edited a film before and taught herself effects by learning through internet forums: "Alex [Alex Holdridge] and Robert [Robert Murphy, the cinematographer] were editing and I was like, I should also because it will be faster if I can help too. I went on Lynda.com and I learned how to edit and of course, after hundreds of hours of editing, you become pretty good at it. (...) I always have that attitude [where] I think that I can do it, whatever it is. When it's about sky replacement or any kind of visual effect, just go to video co-pilot or linda.com and listen to a ten-year-old kid from Ohio that tells you how you do it. Attention to detail [is very important to me] - I want things to look good." Co-editor Alex Holdridge: "She was faster than we were and we liked her assemblies better. There's millions of filmmakers out there doing the same thing, getting on YouTube, 'How do we make that? How do we do that?'"[Interview with Stephen Saito, 2015]
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This marks the second film that cinematographer Robert Murphy shot for director Alex Holdridge. Their previous collaboration was In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007). Murphy was further involved as an editor, actor, camera operator, sound recordist, casting assistant and/or producer in all the other films directed by Holdridge.
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Although principal photography was in Berlin (Germany), Budva (Montenegro), London (UK) and Los Angeles (USA), the film also includes photos and short videos shot in Croatia, Bosnia Herzogovinia, Macedonia, Serbia, and Albania.
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Some of the crew lived in different countries during production. Co-director Linnea Saasen: "...we were working with our music supervisor in LA while living in Berlin, and our composer lives in London. This would never be possible without modern technology."[2015]
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Shot with two Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR cameras.
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Shooting began in November 2011 and the film was fully completed in March 2015.
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Post-Production was done in Berlin, Germany at the companies 'Achtfeld' (color correction) and 'Neuton Berlin - Audio Postproduktion' (looping, sound design, sound editing, re-recording mix).
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