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A Mid-Century Affair

Cast and crew prepare to shoot the film's final scene.

Haynes opted for the reality of shooting
in actual locations, despite the sometimes bitterly cold conditions.
For the Lincoln Tunnel sequence,
with Carol driving and Therese in the
front passenger seat, the filmmakers
found a small tunnel in Cincinnati.

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DeBlau and his crew then rigged two
dozen 250-watt bulbs on a piece of
wooden batten attached to a 12' length
of speed rail; the bulbs were run
through separate dimmers, and Cool
White fluorescents were run above the
tungsten lights to simulate the color

temperature inside the actual Lincoln
Tunnel. DeBlau adapted this rig to work
on both the driver's and passenger's side
of the process trailer. During takes,
DeBlau manned the dimmers while electricians on the trailer panned 1K Fresnels
back and forth to simulate headlights
sweeping across the road, and a 1K
muslin China ball was hung from a boom
arm and spun around over the picture car
to simulate streetlights passing by.
As if the frigid weather wasn't
enough of a challenge, camera operator
Craig Haagensen was tasked with tracking dolly shots while the process truck
navigated traffic. Doubling as dolly grip,
McMillan found a way to keep the dolly
mobile while dampening the inertia of
the vehicle's momentum. He started by
screwing 16' of track to the wing of the
process trailer. He then secured a rope to
the rear of a Fisher 10 dolly, ran it back to
a pulley at the end of the track, then
forward under the dolly to a pulley at the
front of the track, then all the way to a


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