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‘Moonlight’ DP James Laxton Creates Authenticity Mired in Dream-Like Visuals

Moonlight cinematographer James Laxton speaks to


about shooting a movie that strikes the balance between authenticity and dreamy visuals that draw attention to the fact that they are carefully crafted creations.

“Authenticity is something I think we’re always sort of playing with,” says Laxton. “I mean Moonlight is not necessarily a realist movie by any stretch of the imagination. Especially visually, it isn’t. That being said, I don’t think the movie’s untrue. It’s sort of the delicate balance of providing images that allow an audience to feel like they’re watching a real experience. But presenting it in maybe a way that’s providing a larger lens to look through.”

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