‘The Underground Railroad’: How the Art Department Made Trains Run for Barry Jenkins

‘The Underground Railroad’: How the Art Department Made Trains Run for Barry Jenkins
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Stage production is rarely a simple feat in the realm of television, especially when your project requires you to get real trains up and running underground. Such was the case with Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed “The Underground Railroad,” which features a literal interpretation of the real-world underground network of abolitionists that helped enslaved Black people flee to freedom in America in the 1800s.

“Barry and I were talking about it he said, ‘I don’t know much about how the story is going to go but I can tell you that we need real trains with real people and a real tunnel,'” series production designer Mark Friedberg said. “It was a tricky thing.
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