January 22, 2018 Steven Soderbergh – American director of the trilogy about “Ocean’s Friends” was born of the revolutionary TV series “Mosaic”. This story has a lot of options for the development of the plot. They will be available as a game quest for viewers who downloaded a special application for mobile devices. Those who are not friends with mobile gadgets, watch the director’s version of the six series “Mosaic 1 season” on the American channel HBO and on the Internet.
Foreseeing the rabid excitement around the detective with Sharon Stone in the title role, the creators immediately planned several seasons of “Mosaic”. There is a possibility that in Mosaic Season 2 another criminal story will be investigated, but with the participation of one or more of the characters from the previous one. While the release date of the series “Mosaic season 2” producer Silver and director Soderbergh kept secret.
Given that more than 3 years of work have been spent on Mosaic-1, it is safe to say that before summer 2020, the series “Mosaic season 2” should not be expected. But, unfortunately, as of September 2020, there is no information that a new project is being prepared. Therefore, in the near future, we should not wait for the release of season 2.
Soderbergh: “Mosaic” – branched narrative, but not a computer game
The original idea of the new super mobile form of the series belongs to producer Casey Silver. He suggested that the director create an interactive TV project with a strong involvement of the viewer in action. To which Soderberg categorically replied: “I will not shoot a computer game!” We agreed that it would be a new way to tell the same story from the point of view of different characters. When the user selects the hero whose eyes he wants to see the plot, he is shown an alternative version of the series. Since the series is detective, this method to follow the plot’s twists and turns is a fascinating charade. He not only entertains and carries away, but also perfectly trains brains. In addition, for the screenwriter, directors and actors – this is a good technique to fully reveal the character of each character. The script was written by Ed Solomon – the author of such a movie as “People in Black”, “The Illusion of Deception”, etc.
In season 1 there are 6 series, each for 50 – 55 minutes. But if a curious viewer takes all the options, he will need a total of 7 hours to watch one series. Some alternative “visions” of events can last up to 15 minutes, and some – up to 1.5 – 2 hours. All up to one series and their versions are shot by Steven Soderbergh personally.
Initially, the application developers planned to create it only for iOS. But soon realized that if the team swung to a global project, you can not ignore Android, Windows, etc. So the application is universal, and “Mosaic” can be viewed on smartphones, tablets, ipods, laptops and any other devices with different operating systems.
What does the series “Mosaic” tells us?
In the first series, viewers are introduced to the heroine of the narrative – Olivia Lake, played by the beautifully aged Hollywood star Sharon Stone (“Basic Instinct”). Olivia is a well-known artist and illustrator of children’s literature. At the beginning of the series, we see the moment of dating mature Olivia with a young provincial artist Joel (Garret Hedlund). At a charitable social event, the artist handsome Joel works as a bartender. In the next fragment, the viewer watches as the stunned Joel is shown evidence and charged with the murder of his girlfriend Olivia Lake. The narrative in the detective series now and then passes from one segment of life to another. According to Steven Soderbergh, the film has two time frames: “Here and Now” and “4 years ago”.
Under mysterious circumstances, Olivia’s body is found dead in a northern ski resort.
What, how and why happened to Mrs. Lake, detective stories and surroundings find out for 6 episodes. Among the main suspects of the first series are close male artists: a soulful friend of Joel and the enigmatic fiancé Eric (Fred Weller).
In the application after viewing 1 series, the viewer should put forward his version and select a potential killer: Eric or Joel. The next video user will look through the eyes of the selected character. The audience will be able to personal correspondence of the hero: e-mail, sms, diary entries, letters, notes, etc.
So far, an interactive preview, like the application, is being tested only for US residents, and in Russia, for a love triangle, you can follow the “usual” director’s version.
Sharon Stone about this work
Actress Sharon Stone was very afraid to start working on the show. The star had a big break in her career, she experienced an aneurysm (a vessel in her neck was clogged) and a complicated operation. As a result, it lost its long-term and short-term memory. Despite the restoration, Sharon was very afraid that she would not be able to remember the lines. But everything turned out. Sharon Stone thinks Steven Soderbergh is the best director.
The actress was struck with 5 things:
- Stephen always stands behind the camera;
- Soderbergh never uses lighting equipment – only natural light.
- He is always quiet on the court, and episodes are shot quickly for 1-2 takes.
- Soderberg is an excellent narrator with a great sense of humor.
- Editing scenes director produces immediately in the head (and mounts his movie, too, himself).
Some facts about “Mosaic”
- Scenario 1 of the season “Mosaic” has 500 pages.
- The biggest fear of producer Casey Silver is the hang of the application, when it will simultaneously include 1 million viewers.
- The world’s first interactive series was invented by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. In his story “451 ° Fahrenheit” the main character’s wife constantly “participated” in the series. The channel sent her a role, and the spectator responded to replicas of heroes from huge screens all over the wall.
- Before the series “Mosaic” techniques of nonlinear narration were used:
- In the movie – Peter Greenaway (c / f “Man, Music, Mozart” 1991);
- In the literature – Boris Akunin (because of this critics have characterized his detectives as hypertext).
Mosaic season 2: release date
|Number||Series title||Release date|
|2x01||Series 1||not announced|
|2x02||Series 2||not announced|
|2x03||Series 3||not announced|
|2x04||Series 4||not announced|
|2x05||Series 5||not announced|
|2x06||Series 6||not announced|