When first deciding on the the look of the film we wanted to have a gritty and grainy look. No gloss, no high-res. We do not need to see every line and pore on an actors face. Sage, as a director wanted to achieve a more dated look. She wanted the film to have neo-noir influences in style and tone. Ms Cutler is a crime film, a bit tongue in cheek with a splash of glam. Along with the films Harold & Maude; and the Sweet Smell of Success; the TV Shows, Dexter and Desperate Housewives, were inspiration.