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Patrick Clair, creative director
HBO, client

Captions supplied by Elastic executive producer Jennifer Sofio Hall. “True Detective allowed us to probe the dark heart of the Deep South and create images around heady themes like faith, death, sex, self-destruction and the apocalypse. It was clear from the first briefing that the show had been constructed on top of a sophisticated, dense and intelligent philosophical foundation. Show creator Nic Pizzolatto and first-season director Cary Fukunaga provided us with scripts from the first three episodes, the song ‘Far from Any Road’ and an essential visual reference that had inspired the look of the series, Richard Misrach’s haunting photographs of Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor from the 2014 book Petrochemical America. Having so many powerful symbols to play with made our job easy. “The show uses landscape to reveal character—the polluted, poisoned world reflects the broken and corrupted people who inhabit it. We wanted to do the same thing with the design visuals: build broken portraits of the people from literal pieces of their landscape. The double-exposure technique allowed us to combine images with a treacle-slow, dreamlike pace. We felt we had something that truly captured the reflective, incisive and relentlessly dark nature of the series.”

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