The Unorthodox Life was filmed over the course of six months in 2019. The film follows the lives of three young adults as they navigate their way through love, life, and career choices.
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The film was shot in late 2019 and released in early 2020.
The Unorthodox Life was filmed in the spring of 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The show was created by myself, Gil casey and shot by my good friend Andrew Siwicki.
The filming process
Unorthodox is a four-part mini-series that aired on Netflix in 2020. The series was shot over 25 days in late 2019, mostly in and around New York City.
The series was filmed entirely on location, with no studio work or soundstage work at all. This meant that the cast and crew had to be very flexible and adaptable, as they were constantly moving from one location to another.
The majority of the exterior shots were filmed in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, which is where the real-life Esty (played by actress Shira Haas) lived. Esty’s apartment was actually a real apartment that was rented out specifically for the show.
Additional exterior locations included Borough Park and Crown Heights in Brooklyn, as well as Manhattan locations such as the Lower East Side and Chinatown.
The cast and crew
The cast and crew of When Was My Unorthodox Life filmed the show in late 2019 and early 2020.
The locations for Unorthodox season one are Brooklyn, NY, and Berlin, Germany. Most of the Brooklyn scenes were filmed in the neighborhood of Borough Park, while the Berlin scenes were filmed in the city’s Wedding district.
The props and sets
We used a lot of real-life locations for our show. We wanted to give the audience a sense of realism, so we decided to film in actual homes, stores, and other places that people would recognize. For some of the more risque scenes, we had to get creative with our locations. We couldn’t very well film those in a public place! For those scenes, we builtsets that replicated the locations where they would have taken place.
In general, the costumes throughout the series are anachronistic. This is most apparent in the early seasons, when some of the flashback sequences take place in the 1950s or 1960s but the costuming does not accurately reflect that period. For example, Claire is often seen wearing modern clothing such as skinny jeans and tank tops, even though she is supposed to be living in a time when those items did not exist.
What many viewers may not realize is that the show is actually filmed in present day, which explains why the costumes are not always accurate. In an interview, costume designer Janie Bryant said that she tries to stay true to the spirit of each era, even if some of the details are not completely accurate.
This can be a challenge, but it is one of the things that makes the show so interesting to watch. It is always fun to see how Claire’s modern sensibilities clash with the more traditional values of her husband Frank.
The film was shot in the autumn of 1979, but it was not released until 1981.
Music scenes were shot throughout the entire filming process, with different songs being used for each concert. For example, the song “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes was used for the Lollapalooza concert, whereas “Devil’s Spoke” by Laura Marling was used for the AfroPunk concert.
After the cameras stopped rolling, the post-production of “Unorthodox” began. The editing process took about six weeks. We had to go through hours and hours of footage and choose the best scenes that would tell our story in the most engaging way possible.