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“Tales From the Loop” Brings Simon Stålenhag’s Futuristic Artwork to Life | Architectural Digest

Veteran music video director Mark Romanek tells AD about creating the new Amazon Prime show’s striking aesthetic

Tales From the Loop is quite literally a work of art. The atmospheric new sci-fi anthology series (premiering Friday, April 3, on Amazon Prime) is based on Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag’s illustrations and 2014 book of the same name, in which humans in an idyllic town reside among haunting glimpses of a retro-futuristic universe. A stray robot idles in a grassy field; a black rock floats inexplicably; snow floats up. Its residents live above an experimental physics lab, dubbed “The Loop.” As its founder, Russ Willard (Jonathan Pryce) informs his grandson Cole (Duncan Joiner), the site is where the impossible becomes possible.

But instead of trying to unlock all the mysteries as the narrative unfolds, viewers should just take it all in. “We’re trying to maintain the enigmatic quality of the world without explaining every single thing in the literal sense,” Mark Romanek, who directed the first of eight episodes, tells Architectural Digest. (The famed music video director created the visuals for “Criminal” by Fiona Apple, “99 Problems” by Jay-Z, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, and more.)

     As the season goes on, viewers see more scenes lifted straight from Stålenhag’s artwork.     Photo: Jan Thijs

As the season goes on, viewers see more scenes lifted straight from Stålenhag’s artwork.
Photo: Jan Thijs

“When you look at the paintings, you have to just accept this is what it is. The same concept applies here. We were very religious to his work, and then whatever we couldn’t find, we extrapolated it so everything was cohesive,” he says.

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