So even though the locations and characters have changed between seasons, the ongoing theme of White Lotus still, as Bashore put it, “the idea of how you want it to be isn’t really what it is. We know we can do the same thing we did with wallpapers in season 1 and go even further with these murals and paintings, and create stories that will explode before your eyes. .”
The white color was inspired by the trompe-l’œil frescoes at the real-life Villa Tasca in Palermo, where Daphne (Meghann Fahy) and Harper (Aubrey Square) stayed in episode 3. “In some ways, it’s even more challenging, because this is a set of available rooms and it’s like, Make a movie out of here,” explains Brashore. “Sometimes the image has a lot of metaphors in it, but it’s not enough to create a real arc and take things where we want to take them, in terms of mischief and things you’ve never seen before. before, especially on old paintings. So that’s where the real technical challenge comes in: How do we paint new pictures, or paint with these pictures and make them look legit and feel like they belong? somewhere?'”
For starters, Crawford flew to a villa in Italy, accompanied by a photographer, and they spent several days capturing high-resolution stills of anything they deemed usable. When she returned to the United States, they began identifying photographs that might be a good fit, then removed the material and repainted the new material in its place, or painted entirely new scenes.
But the most exciting part of the process for Crawford and Brashore was thinking about the collage with each actor’s name as it appeared in the attribution. Out of a total of seven months of work, at least a whole month was spent scanning scripts and giving 10 or more options to directly associate every character. Finally, a few examples include a woman trapped in a tower for Coolidge, or for her on-screen husband, Jon Gries, a couple on donkeys, is used as a metaphor for Tanya and Greg’s Vespa trip. “You build it, and you just pray, God, definitely hope they don’t cut the Vespa scene,” Brashore cracked. “There’s definitely a line through which one of two people gets stuck, and then there’s toxic masculinity. There’s a nude statue, it’s a great metaphor for according to James, but just to go above and beyond, Katrina added this dog that lifts its paws, making you smile. It’s funny, but what men do best is get their feet up on things. Sometimes the simplest things, like a dog lifting its paw at the foot of a statue, can create a world for a shot.”
The creators hoped that they had something to offer everyone, whether it was fans of the different characters, the psyche of the show, or art history or mythology. “It presented a nice and challenging puzzle for us,” says Crawford. “Mike has worked really hard to create these really rich performances, it’s a bar we set out for ourselves.”