The new film from the siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski, co-directed with Tom Tykwer, is an adaptation of the novel “Cloud Atlas.” Their model was “2001: A Space Odyssey,” a movie they first saw as children. The crew on Stage 9 at Babelsberg Studio, near Berlin, erupted in a din of professional efficacy, preparing for the next shot, while Hanks returned to his chair to sip coffee from an NPR cup.On the monitor screen, Tom Hanks’s eyes, in extreme closeup, flickered through a complicated sequence of emotions: hatred, fear, anger, doubt. Lana and her brother, Andy, who are best known for writing and directing the “Matrix” trilogy, were shooting “Cloud Atlas,” an adaptation of David Mitchell’s 2004 best-selling novel of the same name.For example, in his fake accent Kaufman would say to the audience, "I would like to imitate Meester Carter, de president of de United States" and then, in exactly the same voice, say "Hello, I am Meester Carter, de president of de United States.
When Lynch shot the home movie that James takes of Donna and Laura, he realized that Lee had something special.
Frank Silva was a set decorator who worked on the pilot episode.
One day, when he was moving furniture in Laura Palmer's bedroom, a woman warned Silva not to get locked in the room.
The image of Silva trapped in the room sparked something in Lynch, who then asked Silva if he was an actor.
Silva said yes, and Lynch told him that he had a role in mind for him on the series.