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‘House of Cards’ Amps Its Signature Look for Hallucinatory Episode

"I came up with what could be called the hyper-House of Cards, when you sort of strip away everything."

In an episode of House of Cards this season, President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is unconscious and fighting for his life, hallucinating through his near-death experience. In order to present these scenes as a break from the normal look of the show, cinematographer David M. Dunlap decided to push the show’s signature low light, cool color palette, and minimalist set design even further.

“I came up with what could be called the hyper-House of Cards, when you sort of strip away everything,” he tells Indiewire. “I gave it a very cool feel, which is the opposite of going into Hell.”

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