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M. Night Shyamalan Takes You Inside the Demanding 'Servant' Set: 'Don't Be Passive'

 
 
 
M. Night Shyamalan Takes You Inside the Demanding 'Servant' Set: 'Don't Be Passive'

Throughout his prolific filmmaking career, M. Night Shyamalan has become synonymous with precision filmmaking, daring premises, and unpredictable twists. As one of the flagship series on Apple TV+, “Servant” bears the unmistakable Shyamalan imprint, with a wry and outlandish sense of humor thrown in. While even Shyamalan’s most chilling horror films bear some humorous flourishes, the sensibility here is enhanced by the show’s creator and writer, Tony Basgallop (“Berlin Station”). Aided by a wildly unhinged and specific performance from Lauren Ambrose, who plays a mother in denial over the death of her infant son, “Servant” feels like a fresh take on the darkly comic genre thriller.

“Servant” is only Shyamalan’s second TV series as executive producer (he previously produced the Fox series “Wayward Pines”), but the exacting auteur has perfected the art of schooling his directors in his way of shooting and working with actors — and he has incredibly high standards.

“I’m not super prescriptive, but I definitely had a boot camp for everybody,” Shyamalan told IndieWire during a recent in-person interview. “[I said] — ‘You need to have a value system for what you’re shooting. Please do not come in here and just do coverage. If I want you to do that, I can get a computer to do that, I don’t need you to do that. If you’re gonna do this scene with two medium shots, you need to tell me why.'”

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