Watch Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ | Anatomy of a Scene

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Published on 22 Nov 2019, 16:00
Does that trolley sound familiar?

It’s one of many elements in this scene that will ring true for fans of the show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In narration, the director Marielle Heller said that she and her crew shot this sequence for her new film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” in the same studio where the television show was shot in Pittsburgh. These details help bring the series back to life for viewers, while helping one of the film’s characters have a moving experience on set.

Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), is there to interview Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), but ends up having his own emotional reaction while watching the taping of a segment.

Heller said they used the same style and brand of broadcast cameras the original show used to present it on video monitors within the scene. But they also used a digital camera to capture Vogel. “Technically, it was a very tricky scene,” Heller said.

It concludes with a zoom-in on Rogers as he is performing as the puppet Daniel Striped Tiger. It’s a striking moment with Hanks that Heller said was achieved with a bit of trickery. She didn’t tell the actor that the camera was focusing on him during the shot.

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