‘The Crown’ Expanded to Recreate the Queen’s Most Challenging Decade

Curated by the IndieWire Crafts team, Craft Considerations is a platform for filmmakers to talk about recent work we believe is worthy of awards consideration. In partnership with Netflix, for this edition, we look at how the crafts team behind “The Crown” evolved its visual language and storytelling for Season 5.

From the series’ inception, “The Crown” has been structured to evolve as the story of Queen Elizabeth’s reign unfolded. The most notable change, of course, has been the rotating cast, with first Claire Foy, then Olivia Coleman, and finally Imelda Staunton brought in to play the British monarch who stoically bore witness to seven decades of national crises. But the team behind the camera has also kept up with the decades, making adjustments that give Season 5 a weight and poignancy: this is the period where everything’s going wrong with Diana (Elizabeth Debicki), but we know just how much further wrong it will go.

“Seasons 5 and 6 now are a tiny bit more observational,” cinematographer Adriano Goldman told IndieWire. “Because of Diana and the paparazzi around her and also because of the period, I think. It’s a little bit more cutty and a tiny bit more observational in the sense that it feels like, even subconsciously, we stepped back a little bit and lensed up, so we’re a little bit [farther] away from the actors.”

That distance mirrors the growing rifts in the royal family; in the videos below, Goldman, production designer Martin Childs, and the costume and hair design departments led by Amy Roberts and Cate Hall, respectively, discuss how they adapted their techniques in Season 5 to tell a sometimes grander, sometimes weirder, and definitely sadder story.

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