My fascination with the sprayer milieu was first spiked by Youtube videos done by the artists themselves. We are talking high buildings, fast trains, cops and wild chases – all the good stuff. While the online footage was easy to access, the people were not. Research was slow until I joined them one night. The following talks led to topics that are now central to the film’s narrative. The next challenge was to convey the underground scene to the actors, which was not nearly as hard as teaching them how to handle a spray can.
To achieve a thrilling atmosphere in broad daylight, the sound and the music became driving forces of the project. I had a bleak version of the Dancer in the Dark train scene in mind, where the surrounding train sounds are being orchestrated to the music. Let’s be real – these grand ideas rarely work. Still, we held on to the idea all the way through a lengthy post-production process. And I’m glad we did.