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trying to figure out how you're going to
pull everything off," says Morgan. "The
scripts are so dense and heady, and the
relationships between the different
characters are complex. It's like trying to
pick apart a puzzle."
The pieces that comprise the
puzzle that is Legion are many, and they
lock together in surprising ways. In
"Chapter 7," Dr. Bird's cryogenically
frozen husband, Oliver ( Jemaine
Clement), returns to meet our heroes on
the Astral Plane and bestows upon
them special black-framed spectacles
that reveal the truth to their wearer.
Gonzales and director Dennie Gordon
leaned into the They Live reference,
depicting "truth" as black-and-white
before a segue into a silent-film
pastiche, complete with title cards.
In Season 1, the production was
based in Vancouver - on warehouse
stages and at various locations in and
around town. The production relocated
to Los Angeles for Season 2, settling
into four stages at The Lot in West
Hollywood, as well as other locations
throughout Southern California.
The production operates on a

Top: Fitted with an Optex Excellence Probe, the camera frames the eye of actor Jemaine Clement
(portraying Oliver Bird). "We used [that lens] many times to do dolly push-ins into and out of
characters' eyeballs," says 1st AC David Edsall. "It's a great tool that really helped the show."
Bottom: Gonzales and crew set their frame.

nine-day schedule, with no overlapping
days between episodes. Gonzales and
Morgan use what little prep time they
have to scout, shot-list, hold meetings
with various department heads, and
make equipment requests. Direct
communication between a given cinematographer and the crew during this
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process is sporadic, as the crew does not
work on a rotating basis and is off
shooting whatever episode is currently
in production. "Your approach is
conceived in prep, but often your dream
shot is one of those things you just have
to work out in a five-minute conversation on the day," says Morgan. Season 2
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