“Very early in discussions about the look and feel of (Under the Banner of Heaven, showrunner/ executive producer) Lance had set a unique challenge for the team that would factor into nearly every location they had to find: He wanted the characters to be able to walk from an interior to an exterior without breaking the shot and without the use of digital trickery. It wasn’t that a hero house had to be period, but that every house in frame once the camera came out the door had to be period! In other words, they needed entire neighborhoods to be able to double 1980s Utah. In Canada. In 2021.
“I wanted the characters to be liberated so you could feel like they were just coming and going, and it just happened to be 1984 out there and that’s really hard”, says Lance. ” In fact, the more I think about it, the more I feel like I really owe Matt (LGMI)” he laughs.
As soon as he was back in Calgary, Matt started looking at small towns to find what he called “anchors.”
“For me,” says Matt, “it came down to four locations: the police station, Pyre’s house, the Lafferty family house and Brenda and Allan’s house where the murders took place.”
One of the first places he went to scout was a town about an hour north of Calgary called Didsbury. He had worked there for a bit of Fargo Season 2 for FX and thought it might work. “The whole town is sort of stuck in time,” he says.
Excerpt from “Illuminating the Human Experience”