‘Mindhunter’ Director Carl Franklin on the Show’s Classical Style and Its Noir Influences [Interview]

/Film | 8/23/2019 | Jack Giroux
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Director Carl Franklin is no stranger to the crime genre. Before shooting four episodes of Mindhunter season two and his illustrious career directing television, Franklin helmed two of the best damn crime movies of the 1990s, One False Move and The Devil in the Blue Dress. He’s an old pro when it comes to crafting exceptional tension, which there’s no shortage of in his episodes of the David Fincher-produced series.

Mindhunter isn’t the first time Franklin and Fincher have collaborated; the Out of Time director first worked with him on House of Cards. As he explained to us, Fincher was more involved this time around on Mindhunter. Franklin, who thankfully has a movie brewing he might direct soon, talked to us about his time working with Fincher, the unique style and stars of the acclaimed series, and a nice memory about the late, great Bill Paxton. At the time of the interview, we had yet to see the episodes he directed before the interview, so it’s a broader discussion about the Netflix series.

Language - Mindhunter

For you, what’s unique about the visual language of Mindhunter?

David has a very reserved kind of style of acting. A couple of different times that I’ve worked with him on House Of Cards and on this one, it’s interesting because it’s very specific, very detailed with a lot of attention paid to detail and framing, and that’s the challenge. Also, to work within the confines of that.

Part - Kind - Way - House - Cards

He, for the most part, he wanted to go kind of in the same way with House of Cards – a classical style. He didn’t really want to use handheld very much and certainly no steady cam. It actually forces you into choreography, which is something that I enjoy doing anyway with players, with actors, where they work the frame as opposed...
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