How Severance played tricky mind games with the audience all the time

During an interview with Hollywood Reporter, production designer Jeremy Hindle spoke about his creative collaboration with Ben Stiller, director and executive producer of Severance. While working on the interior, Hindle revealed that he deliberately designed Lumon’s hallways to widen very slowly as employees traversed the space. In a separate interview with Vanity Fair, Stiller noted that Hindle deliberately designed a series of corridors that “essentially led somewhere”, which contributed to a disorienting maze-like atmosphere.

With attention to detail, Hindle also worked diligently to find the perfect shade of white for the office. “This is a very unnatural design. Every background in this room is interesting because it is asymmetrical. It’s like you’re playing with their brains,” he told THR.

In this way, Hindle and Stiller seemed to create a space of controversy—they wanted Lumon to evoke a sense of insularity and unsettling expansiveness. Moreover, when designing the main office, Hindle sought to play on the emotions of the audience. He added, “[T]here’s something really handy about spaces. Even though it’s creepy, you kind of want to be there.”

It is noteworthy that many spectators openly applauded the intricacies of breathtaking scenery. redditor u / Trusted Manifest wrote, “Great photography and staging design, really unsettling and pulling you into the Kafkaesque nightmare of history.” Other Severance fans also joined in to share their excitement, including u/-Hastis-who added: “[A] a lot of the beauty comes from the great locations and art direction!”

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