On the monitor screen, Tom Hankss eyes, in extreme closeup, flickered through a complicated sequence of emotions: hatred, fear, anger, doubt. Cut! Lana Wachowski shouted. 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. Lana and her brother, Andy, who are best known for writing and directing the Matrix trilogy, were shooting Cloud Atlas, an adaptation of David Mitchells 2004 best-selling novel of the same name.