Outside of those in the medical profession, there are very few people that have talked about human waste in the past 18 months more than the creative brain trust behind “American Vandal.”
“There are certain poops that just couldn’t be shot on an iPhone because that’s found footage. There’s recreation poop and found footage poop. And they were very different poops,” series co-creator Dan Perrault told IndieWire.
“We had long conversations going through the Bristol Scale, which you could google, but I recommend you don’t,” chimed in fellow co-creator Tony Yacenda.
That dicey challenge for the “American Vandal” props department (there really is no way to talk about it that isn’t unsettling in some way or another) was just one of a flurry of key decisions regarding tone and execution that went into making the giant Season 2 centerpiece. Beyond the discussions of consistency, they knew they wanted to open this new season in a way that instantly established that it was not beholden to the story of Dylan Maxwell that made the show a sleeper hit last fall.
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“We wanted each season to feel like its own unique story. In early conversations, we knew we wanted something darker and colder. We knew we wanted a darker crime,” Perrault said. “We could have easily just repeated characters. I think that was part of the challenge of coming up, coming up with them was, ‘Is this gonna ring too close to Season 1?’ We can’t have another pranking main character like Dylan and we can’t repeat Kraz or else it’ll really feel like we’re just recycling.”
Making something that separated itself meant kicking off the season in a way that would let viewers know what atmosphere to expect for the remaining eight episodes. The result came in drawing on the spirit of true crime documentaries in a different way that Season 1 had.
“I think it’s the same phenomenon as a lot of true-crime documentaries where it shows the murder at the top. A lot of these give you such a visceral reaction because you see dark horrifying murders that made you want to look away from the TV,” Yacenda said. “But also that same …read more