American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 54

◗

Life of the Mind

Top: Syd's mother, Joan (Lily Rabe), visits her in an institution. Bottom: Kerry Loudermilk (Amber
Midthunder) looks on as David and Syd link minds.

bending head-trip was intensified by
flashing pixel-ribbon practicals inside
the tank, while the camera dipped and
dove around Stevens on a Technocrane
and Libra head. A Squishy Lens with its
special flexible element was used to add
an even more distorted vibe to the
action.
The majority of Legion's camera
movement has been accomplished with
remote heads, such as an Arri or
Lambda head with Hot Gears, a Libra
head, or a Power Pod on a Fisher 21 jib
arm or a GF-8 crane. Key grip Manny
Duran of Killer Grip Co. and his team
54

July 2018

equipped the cinematographers with
Technocranes, a Freefly Movi, DJI's
Ronin 1 and 2, and FlyLine cable-cams.
"The days are daunting in that way,
because not only do you have these huge
technical challenges, but when you're
moving the camera the way we do, your
move has to land with the performance," Gonzales says, citing the results
as "a testament to the amazing operating
skills of Mitch Dubin, SOC and John
Connor, SOC."
Duran notes, "Time and budget
[were] a factor in determining what we
could achieve. With the full support of
American Cinematographer

our producers and cinematographers,
we as a department had the capabilities
to pull off some extraordinary work. I
am so proud and amazed at the
outcome of our team effort."
By all appearances, the Legion
filmmakers mindfully adhere to a core
imperative of narrative cinematography:
The camera is an element of the story.
"When you move the camera or choose
a lens, it has to mean something,"
Gonzales observes. The cinematographers have thus approached Legion's
emotionally charged dramatic scenes "in
a more meaningful way," as Kuras
describes, so that the audience can
better understand the characters' relationships and challenges.
The Season 2 episode "Chapter
12," directed by Kuras, is an example of
this approach, as David jumps back and
forth in time through Syd's early life,
searching for a critical moment in her
past that may hold the key to saving her
in the future. Morgan relied on a variety
of different diffusions, colored filters,
and lenses to tell "the emotional story of
a woman and the choices that made her
who she is." She used Super Baltar
primes with Black Pro-Mist and
Tobacco filters to create a feeling of
nostalgia and texture for Syd's birth and
toddlerhood, and then switched to a
Tiffen Antique Suede and vintage
Canon K-35 primes for Syd's tween and
teenage years. "The shots emote and
enhance this young woman's journey,
and also help the viewer know where
they are in time," says Morgan - who
also wanted to distinguish Syd's narrative from the simultaneous one taking
place within Division III, which was
clean, sharp and shot with Master
Primes.
For Season 1, Gonzales worked
with production designer Michael
Wylie, art directors John Alvarez and
Michael Corrado, and gaffer Jeff
Pentecost to light the sets almost
entirely with LEDs, which offered the
cinematographer a high degree of quality and control. This strategy remained
in place when Jeff Webster was brought
➣
on as gaffer for Season 2.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Cinematographer - July 2018

Contents
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - Cover1
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - Cover2
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 1
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 2
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - Contents
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 4
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 5
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 6
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 7
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 8
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 9
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 10
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 11
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 12
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 13
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 14
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 15
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 16
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 17
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 18
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 19
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 20
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 21
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 22
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 23
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 24
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 25
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 26
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 27
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 28
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 29
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 30
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 31
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 32
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 33
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 34
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 35
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 36
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 37
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 38
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 39
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 40
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 41
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 42
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 43
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 44
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 45
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 46
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 47
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 48
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 49
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 50
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 51
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 52
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 53
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 54
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 55
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 56
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 57
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 58
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 59
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 60
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 61
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 62
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 63
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 64
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 65
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 66
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 67
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 68
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 69
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 70
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 71
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 72
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 73
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 74
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 75
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 76
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 77
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 78
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 79
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 80
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 81
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 82
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 83
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 84
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 85
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 86
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 87
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - 88
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - Cover3
American Cinematographer - July 2018 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1219
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1119
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1019
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0919
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0819
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0719
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0619
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0519
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0419
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0319
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0219_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0219
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0119_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0119
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1218
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1118
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1018
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0918
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0818
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0718
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0618
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0518
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0418
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0318
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0218
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0118
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1217
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1117
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1017
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0917
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0817
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0717
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0617
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0517
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0417
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0317
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0217
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0117
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1216
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1116
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1016
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0916
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0816
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0716
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0616
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0516
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0416
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0316
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0216
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0116
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1215
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1115
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac1015
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0915
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0815
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0715
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0615
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0515
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0415
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0315
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0215
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0115
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com