When it comes to “True Detective,” Nic Pizzolatto
is known for being meticulous. On the one hand, his work demands it. His HBO
anthology series is a hit mystery with fans hanging on every word — and then googling everything, hoping to solve the case before the onscreen detectives.
But his quest for perfection also carried over to his on-set behavior.
“In the first two seasons, if the cameras were rolling, I was never not on set,” Pizzolatto told IndieWire
. Since work began in Season 1, he described establishing ardent work habits including “very clear dialogues” with the actors, emphasizing what directors had to get in each scene, and even making “summarizing exegesis about the scene for the actors and for the crew.” It was all designed to be helpful, but Season 3 brought a change.
“That’s how I always did things, but this third season […] especially with [director] Dan [Sackheim], I just started stepping back.