There are so many different pieces that go into the creation of a film. From the first keystroke that starts to write a story, characters with all their inherent quirks, traits, and personality are spun from thin air. When a film actually starts to take shape on-screen, those traits have to be reflected not just in the actor chosen to portray the character, but in the scenery, design, and every image. In a movie like recent science fiction film Ex Machina, those necessities are heightened. A near future and a billionaire protagonist need to have a very specific setting (remember Tony Stark’s house?) that sometimes may not just physically exist. The filmmakers did not find a perfect setting and instead cobbled together two real life locations with visual effects and sets to create a stunning world for their artificial intelligence opus.