Why Undone Season 2 is a technical marvel

Ultimately, they are both about experimentation.

There’s a hell of a lot going on in Undo in addition to all the beautiful colors. This is a generational story about a young woman from San Antonio named Alma (Salazar) who discovers that she may have time-changing powers … or may just be gone in her head. Either way, she intends to use what is going on in her brain to turn back time and bring her scientist father Jacob (Bob Odenkirk) back from the dead. In the first season of the series, Alma experiments with her budding powers through trial and error. Adjust an event or two in the past and see what happens in the future. The scientific method extends to the process of creating the show and Alma’s story.

“It feels like we’re in a petri dish,” says Cabral, who plays Alma’s sister Becca. “It feels like we’re creating a genre as we go.”

“It’s a lot of experimentation,” Salazar adds. “Within the parameters of your very scientific approach to grids, measurements, distances – it all has to be very specific with the tape on the floor.”

It turns out the experience of filming live-action base of Undo involves quite a lot of tape. Like season 1, Undo season 2 was filmed in a black box theater in Los Angeles with artists using apple boxes instead of buildings and tape stretched across the floor to establish guidelines and depth. The production on season 1 was complicated enough, but season 2 added another curve that all major productions in Hollywood had to deal with: the pandemic.

Asking about the pandemic sounds as banal and tiring as asking about rotoscoping, but as is the case with the former, Undo has a completely unique pandemic movie-related experience to report. Cast and crew on Undo came back to the black box theater in June 2020, long before many productions tried to get going again.

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