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Inside the Purposefully Rough Cinematography of ‘Logan’


cinematographer John Mathieson speaks to

American Cinematographer 

about bringing a raw, gritty realism to the reflective superhero movie. 

“We wanted to make


look rough,” says Mathieson. “A diamond, but rough. Deserts are hot and horrible — none of the sweeping soft dunes,

Lawrence of Arabia

stuff. [References included] road movies.

Two-Lane Blacktop


Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

. I was going to make a great American road movie, [with the characters] starting in Mexico, moving up through New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and escaping into Canada.”

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