James Vanderbeek stars in an episode of Room 104 on HBO. The series is in the middle of its first season, but it’s already done so well that HBO’s renewed it for a second season.
It’s a curious show, as it takes place in a single hotel room every episode. The same hotel room over and over and over again. The room itself is also extremely uninteresting. When the design team went to Mark Duplass, the creator of the show, with tons of ideas on what the room should look like, Mark shot them all down.
“No, I want the room to be as bland as possible.”
So how did Mark Duplass create such an interesting and succesful show with this limited pallette?
Our brains are lazy. Well, that’s not exactly fair. Our brains are great at conserving energy.
They’ve evolved to reserve the juice necessary to deal with things in our environment that are novel and potentially life altering. Hence why
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