The any-place-whatever of Noir…diners, bars, hotel rooms… is disrupted by an ominous, limbo-like Derelict House where the more nasty parts of the story occur. Memory and false perception determine the organization of the film…Chris Nolan felt this structure was already tricky and wanted the design and photography to appear straightforward but still evoke intense sensation. Motifs of obscurity – murky glass, plastic, transparent layers of color and age – are the language of the settings. The interior of murder site and all of the hotel rooms were built on stage
A limited palette permeates the film, mimicking the main character’s POV: unstable, claustrophobic, and imagistic. Leonard’s tattoos were my first design assignment, the diversity of style and language constructing a record of his pursuit.