ADG Perspective

July-August 2021

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3 0 P E R S P E C T I V E | J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 2 1 of Eastern European modernism. Anachronism was another major visual cue we both agreed upon. The unknowability of a space or piece of technology's chronological origin. The desire to make the world of Loki feel at once so familiar as to be nostalgic and yet chilling in its uncanny strangeness. Like a very detailed memory that you can almost smell even though you know for certain it never happened. The world would be populated by aberrations. Things so close to the miscellany of our own world and yet with small details that make them unmistakably alien and weird: VARIANTS. The creative team knew the TVA needed the grime and patina of the familiar institutions of life. Elementary schools, hospitals, airports; we wanted that familiar tactile quality to ground the monolithic scale and the whimsy of our fantasy modernism. In early conversations with Kate and director of photography Autumn Durald Arkapaw, we quickly realized that we needed to shoot as much practically as possible in order to lock in this grounded, real-world feeling. We needed to build 360-degree sets with—and this part is controversial—complete ceilings. This was the way to give these spaces the motivated light they needed to feel real. Autumn became an instant creative visual partner, and my desire to integrate the lighting into dramatic architectural ceilings was in perfect sync with her extraordinary and dramatic style of shooting low wide-angle coverage. It was an excellent match from the beginning. This began a process of working with the director, writers, and producer to consolidate action into specifi c sets and build up the page counts to the point where we could justify these huge builds with large hung ceilings. Fortunately, it was one of the most talented and collaborative groups I've ever had the privilege of working with. Ideas fl ew and before long, we were able to arrive at the major anchor spaces of the TVA. A. MISS MINUTES QUEUE. CEILING AND FLOOR PLANS WITH MODEL VIEWS. SET DESIGN BY KEVIN VICKERY. A

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