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Shaping 'The Shape of Water': Stories from the shoot in Toronto and Hamilton

TORONTO -- There were moments on "The Shape of Water" shoot when the team felt like they were in the windswept Sahara desert, as a gale blew through the set and sent dirt from nearby sand piles swirling into the air.

Then there was the time cast member Michael Shannon accidentally crashed his character's car into a pole during filming.

When the team found an area filled with giant sand piles on Hamilton's waterfront, it seemed the perfect spot for a scene in which a group of Russian spies meet up.

The opulent Toronto venue, which opened in 1913, was used for the interior shots of a movie theatre that Hawkins's character lives above.

The Andrews Building at the University of Toronto's Scarborough Campus had the perfect brutalist architecture to pose as a government research facility.


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