My background is in documentary filmmaking and my intention was to bring a bit of that gritty realism into the style of Huckleberry. The environment in which the story takes place is one of abandoned factories and rusting industrial architecture, this is a motif that is representative of the lives of the main characters.
In the screenplay a key scene takes place near an enormous metal scrapyard with a unique 20 foot tall statue of an iron worker constructed from bits of scrap metal sourced from the yard standing in front. The description from the screenplay which I feel best represents the stylistic approach of the film is the following: A scrap metal statue of an iron worker stands by the entrance. Rain drips and pours in rivulets as if it is bleeding.
During production we were banned from shooting near this statue at the scrap yard at the last minute. As happens with most artistic visions we had to make changes on the fly. I approached it by drawing on associations I had with my Rust Belt upbringing and shot the scene over two locations. One a decaying relic of the railroad industry and the other the access bridge to a defunct steel mill and current storage yard for decommissioned train engines.