Netflix’s 'Dark' 10 Behind-The-Scene Facts That You Missed
If you are reading this piece, we are definite that you have binge-watched all three seasons of Netflix’s series Dark. However, if you still haven’t watched the mind-bender yet, do it now straightaway.
And for all of those who have come experienced Dark’s on-screen chaos consisting of multiverse timelines, time-travel, and sinful family secrets—present you the ten most interesting behind-the-scenes facts about the mysterious sci-fi series.
Here we go then!
1. The Winden Cave is Not Real
The Winden cave in the Netflix series Dark (Photo: Twitter)
One of the most significant landmarks in the series Dark is undoubtedly the Winden Cave. However, the cave, which is also the home to time-travel wormhole in the series, is not real.
For the show, the outside rocky portion of the mysterious cave was built from polystyrene. The location of the structure lies in between a forest located between Tremsdorf and Saarmund in Brandenburg, south of Berlin.
In addition, the showrunners also took the help of CGI to give the entrance of the cave scarier finish.
2. There was a Team Building Session for Actors
Netflix's Dark cast and director Baran bo Odar (right) (Photo: Dark Fan Account/Instagram)
The thing that everyone appreciated about the show was its casting and the flawless connection between characters. But did you know that the showrunners actually arranged a team-building session for the actors?
Before filming the series initially, in 2016, the showrunners sent the actors to an adventure park. The objective of that visit was to let every actor know each other. And seems like the trick worked.
3. The Showrunners of the Series ‘Dark’ are Real Life Couples
Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese (Photo: Dark Fan Account/Instagram)
The showrunners of the series Dark are Baran bo Odar (creator/director) and Jantje Friese (creator/writer). And the most surprising thing about them is that the two are a real-life couple.
During a video interview with HeyUGuys, in November 2017, the duo was asked how did they collaborate their ideas to create such a brilliant show. In response, Baran bo Odar revealed that the two were actually a couple and also had a daughter together. He also added that they had been together for 15 years.
We are also a couple and we have a daughter. So, there was no way that we don’t do that together. But we actually like that very much to work together and to know each other so well after 15 years.
4. ‘Dark’ was the Most Popular TV Show
Just a few days before the release of the final season of Dark, the show was ranked #1 in the IMDb list of "Most Popular TV Shows."
The show’s creator, Baran bo Odar, immediately posted the news through his Instagram handle. He captioned, “#1 on imdb…”
5. Over 438 Days Were Spent to Complete 'Dark' Series
According to creator/director Baran bo Odar, it took over 438 shooting days to complete all seasons of the Dark. Plus, a total of 95 cast members and 549 employees worked together for this project.
“this crazy ride is over! It was an honor and a blast! Winden, we will miss you very much. Our hearts bleed... and now we rush to the editing rooms to deliver the final cycle on time for next year,” Baran wrote a farewell Instagram post after Dark ended with season 3.
6. The First Season of ‘Dark’ was Premiered at TIFF
The first season of series Dark made its world premiere at the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film festival was held from 7 to 17 September 2017. However, only the first two episodes of the series were premiered at TIFF.
Later, all 10 episodes were made available for everyone to watch on Netflix in December 2017.
7. ‘Dark’ Won 7 Grimme-Preis Award in 2018
After the success of the first season of Dark, the series bagged 7 Grimme-Preis Award (the most prestigious awards in German television industry) in various categories in the year 2018.
Firstly, the actors Louis Hofmann, Angela Winkler, and Oliver Masucci were awarded for their performance in the series. Similarly, Jantje Friese won the Best Screenplay award, Baran bo Odar won the Best Director, and Udo Kramer won the Production Design award.
8. Winden Was a Fictional Town in the Series But Few Landmarks were Real
The series Dark was set in a fictional town named Winden. That's why most of the shoot was done indoors with the help of advanced CGI. But, there were some landmarks in the series which were shot in the real location in Germany.
Similarly, the train-track shown under the bridge that held the meeting of Jonas, Martha, Bartosz, Magnus, and Mikkel in the first season is located in a place named Dreilinden.
Another place which is quite popular in the series is the church where Jonas (Louis Hofmann) and the Stranger (Andreas Pietschmann) met for the first time in season one. The church is situated in Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf in Germany.
Jonas (Louis Hofmann) and the Stranger (Andreas Pietschmann) in front of the church in Dark season one (Photo: Stefan Erhard/Netflix)
9. ‘Dark’ Inspired Fanart was Painted on the Large Walls of Berlin
On May 29, 2020, the director Baran bo Odar invited fans and art-creators from around the world to create artworks inspired by the show Dark. He also announced that the four best artworks will be selected by Netflix and the show creators to display on the large wall of Berlin.
Netflix and the showrunners received over 1500 submissions among which they selected four best artworks. The winners are named Dale Lendl Romero, Amaury Filho, Ahmed Gamal, and Gokul Gautham.
As promised, the artworks were painted on the large walls of Berlin. Actor Louis Hofmann and actress Lisa Vicari of the series were present while the artworks on the Berlin walls were revealed.
10. First German Series Released on Netflix
Germany has always been a great hub for producing great movies and TV series. The shows like Tatort, Generation War, and Stromberg are big hits in the German entertainment industry. However, the industry was never pushed into a bigger market for a larger audience.
But the German series Dark broke the odds by becoming the first German-language TV show to release on Netflix. The series initially released its first season on December 1, 2017.
With that, the show got a global release and access to reach the audience across 190 countries.
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