"The world of Chrysalis demanded a lot from us in terms of production design. By far, the biggest part of that involved finding the right locations for the job, locations that reflect a world decades removed from civilization. A building couldn’t simply be abandoned; it had to be overwhelmed by foliage and plant life. A location couldn’t simply be decayed; it needed to feel decomposed beyond repair.
"We wrote and envisioned the film with several locations already in mind, many of them from the city of Gary, IN:
The former Screw and Bolt Factory, the dilapidated Old Methodist Church, the abandoned St. Mercy Medical Hospital. Gas stations, post offices, auditoriums, burnt-out houses.
Urban decay has sadly become a touchstone of many American rust-belt towns, but Chrysalis could not have found more honest, wrenching renditions of what the world might look like years after the fall of society.
"Other locations we found in Chicago, locations such as the Damen Silos and the Rosenwald Apartments. Still other scenes were filmed in Ullin and Cairo, IL. We traveled all over the Midwest with skeleton crews to scout and shoot in places that fit the tone and texture of Chrysalis.
This film lives and dies by its locations, and we’re immensely proud not only of the gems we found but the safety steps and organizational prowess we took to secure them.
The result is a film that looks like nothing in its class, one that effectively portrays a frighteningly believable dystopia precisely because it hits so close to home."