Cracking the Alan Turing Code of Imitation Game

In an awards season dominated by biopics, The Imitation Game is the most unconventional, flashing forward and back to decode the enigmatic mathematician, scientist and spy Alan Turing, played by the Oscar-buzzy Benedict Cumberbatch.

Director Morten Tyldum aptly constructs the mystery as a crossword puzzle, inspiring his crew to also think outside the box.

Production designer Maria Djukovic (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) subverted the usual World War II drama while staying true to the spirit of Turing’s troubled life: the story of an outsider and the celebration of being different because he outsmarted the Nazi Enigma code machine by constructing the first computer, only to be punished a decade later by the English homophobic code.

And the color red infuses the movie, most particularly Turing’s computer, the bombe (or “Christopher,” after his first love as a youngster in boarding school). ”In terms of how we achieved it, drawings were done based on the reality. For example, the red wire spilling out of it. We turned it into something that feels like veins leading to it.”

Read the rest at TOH/Indiewire.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Editing, Movies, Oscar, Production Design, Tech, Trailers

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