HBO’s True Detective has quickly established itself as a show that must be watched—or at least DVR’d—on Sunday nights.
The moody detective series, starring Matthew McConnaughey and Woody Harrelson, takes the simplest premise—two cops chasing a serial killer –and renders it compelling with its evocative Louisiana setting, rich dialogue, and distinctive, cinematic look.Much of the credit for that goes to director Cary Joji Fukunaga.
In television, unlike films, directors tend to be hired guns, working on one episode at a time while the showrunner and the cinematographer maintain the tone from episode to episode. True Detective was unique in that Fukunaga, a feature film director who made an acclaimed 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre, directed all eight episodes.
While putting the finishing touches on the final episodes in post-production, Fukunaga took some time out to discuss the intense schedule, the happy accidents that give a show life, and when, in telling a story, less truly is more.So how did you get involved in the True Detective project?
I got involved about two years ago. I was sent the first two scripts by my manager, and he asked if I was interested in doing long-form television. I thought about doing pilots before but I liked the idea of a mini series, or a complete long-form project.
This kind of came at the right time, just as I was finishing up Jane Eyre, having to collapse a 700-plus page novel into less than two hours, which is a special exercise.
I read the episodes and I really liked the imagery, the dialogue, the characters who were starting to take shape. I wanted to know more, so I met up with the writer and started talking about it, about films we liked and we decided to work together on the show.You’ve used the term mini series, but HBO never calls True Detective that.
I think the semantics of mini-series for a network is that it has an end. And I think HBO wants people to know that this is something branded, and there’ll be another season of this. But essentially it’s a long format story that has a beginning, a middle and an end and doesn’t continue on over multiple seasons.( Collapse )
Who's ready for some TRUE DETECTIVE tonight??