Justin Williams on True Detective:
As I read up on the show I learned that the entire eight episode season was written by a sole writer (show creator Nic Pizzolatto) and directed by a single director (Cary Fukunaga). Traditionally TV shows are helmed by a cast of behind the scenes folks who take turns at writing and directing different episodes. With True Detective, a true auteur theory was allowed to play out on screen.
One writer. One director. Eight hours of the best television I’ve seen in a long time.
Great point, and I also don’t think that’s a coincidence. Sadly, it sounds like season 2 may not keep that exact formula — from Kate Aurthur’s sit down with Pizzolatto:
Aurthur: Do you imagine working with one director again, and plot aside, can you give us any hints about a changed aesthetic?
Pizzolatto: We don’t have any plans to work with one director again. It would be impossible to do this yearly as we need to be able to do post while we’re still filming, like any other show. There’s some great guys I’ve consulted, and we’re all confident we can achieve the same consistency. Going forward, I want the show’s aesthetic to remain determinedly naturalistic, with room for silences and vastness, and an emphasis on landscape and culture. And I hope a story that presents new characters in a new place with authenticity and resonance and an authorial voice consistent with this season. Dominant colors will change. South Louisiana was green and burnished gold.