A clip from a 90' episode of THE VICE that I directed, which I use to discuss production design.
This is a short clip from a 90' episode of crime drama THE VICE, that I directed for ITV. Of interest here is the production design and wardrobe choices. In order to misdirect the audience from realising that this is the house of a predatory paedophile, I wanted to create a sunny warm home, (using lots of yellows & oranges etc), that seemed healthy and vibrant, (see the flowers both in vases and in pictures that adorn the hall). Images of love abound, (two cherubs on the back wall), and a soft benign light bathes the scene. However, looking more closely we notice a green stuffed snake (a phallic image of temptation) entwined on the banister, and a stiff pink Barbie doll (the brutally objectified ideal female) casually tossed aside. These colours, pink & green, are those of a bruise, and feature later as the overall palate of the bedroom belonging to the family's sexually abused young daughter, who has been irredeemably 'bruised' or ruined by her experiences. Also, the mother here is shown in a similar pink/violet outfit, to relate her to the daughter. Later we discover that she too has been the victim of abuse and her clothes here act to suggest her warped personality is the trajectory of her daughter. The mirror of course suggests both the undercover cop's duplicity and the fact that there is another version of this family 'through the looking glass.' All these choices are very deliberate, even though the viewer will only take them in unconsciously. That said, they have a huge effect upon the audience's responses as the drama develops, the revelations being all the more shocking, as we have been unconsciously lulled into expecting the opposite.
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