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How “Watchmen” Cinematographer Gregory Middleton Captured Hooded Justice’s Harrowing Origin (The Credits)

“It was very very elaborate…like doing something for theater, nothing works, unless everything works.”

Jake McDorman and Jovan Adepo in ‘Watchmen.’ Photo by Mark Hill/HBO.

“In the show-within-a-show, Hooded Justice is presumed to be Caucasian, as he was in the comic, but in the series’ ‘reality,’ he is, in fact, African-American, needing to wear his particular mask to hide his identity from others in ‘hoods.’ He also wears a broken noose around his neck, which the show attributes to an attempted lynching before he dons his superhero persona. This was one of Watchmen‘s most harrowing scenes, and filming it required ingenuity and major teamwork.” Source: The Credits

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WHY THIS MATTERS:

Cinematographer Gregory Middleton discusses his work in one of the most notable television episodes of the year, including how he rigged the camera to depict the first-person POV of a lynching. “It was very very elaborate,” says Middleton, but “it created great camaraderie. Like doing something for theater, nothing works, unless everything works.”

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