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Top left: Assange and Domscheit-Berg confer
in a parking lot. Bottom and top right: The
crew works on the sequence.

revive the location so that every floor of the
building would look occupied in exterior
wide shots.
Scenes involving Assange and
Domscheit-Berg are considerably more
colorful than those involving fictitious U.S.
government officials Sarah Shaw (Laura
Linney) and James Boswell (Stanley Tucci),
who trace WikiLeaks' actions, or sequences
set in Switzerland's Julius Baer bank, the
target of a WikiLeaks release. Condon
notes, "We were excited by the contrast
between the monochromatic, glass-andsteel environments of the powerful institutions WikiLeaks was taking on and the
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world in which [our protagonists] live, which
is filled with vibrant, saturated colors. Tobias
played with [that contrast] throughout his
lighting, [making] very bold use of primary
colors."
The Fifth Estate transpires largely at
computer stations, on computer screens
and in cyberspace, and to convey these
environments in a compelling way, the
filmmakers sometimes had to step beyond
realism. For a sequence in which Assange
illustrates to Domscheit-Berg how
wikileaks.org's submission platform works
- accepting a document while keeping the
source hidden - Condon and production
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designer Mark Tildesley devised an imaginary office on a beach beneath open skies.
"The notion was Julian's idealized vision of
what journalism could be," says Condon.
"It's The Front Page and All the President's
Men - these great big working areas."
To imbue the desired surrealism, the
team also looked at 2001: A Space Odyssey
- specifically David Bowman's death
chamber, which is furnished in a realistic,
Baroque style but with an oddly futuristic,
glowing paneled floor. For the WikiLeaks
floor, Tildesley suggested sand to tie into a
flashback of Assange on the beach, where
he spent much of his childhood. Condon
comments, "It felt important to distinguish
ourselves from documentaries about
Assange. This is a more immersive, subjective, dramatic portrayal, so the stylization of
the submission platform early on sends a
signal that this is an interpretation of
events, and not a docudrama."
The scene begins with Assange and
Domscheit-Berg talking at their laptops in
the Computer Club. As the action segues
to the fantasy office, the words they type
are video-projected onto their faces and in
space, and the viewer is taken on a trip
through cyberspace. Schliessler explains,



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