I wasn’t looking to do another television series right after The X-Files ended. After so many years of hard work, I felt I needed to recharge. So I turned down Robbery Homicide Division several times before finally accepting the chance to work with the visionary director Michael Mann.
It proved quite a switch from working on so many writer-led series at Chris Carter’s Ten Thirteen Productions. It was startling and ultimately inspiring to see how Michael went about finding the most striking visuals, constantly surprising the audience with images they had never seen before.
It proved to be a landmark series – the first on television to use digital cinematography – and in many ways served as a laboratory for the feature film Michael next directed, the superb Collateral.