“It’s a point-of-view show,” insists cinematographer Colin Watkinson about “The Handmaid’s Tale” while discussing the Hulu program’s complex production elements in this featurette that spotlights its direction, cinematography and production design for Emmy consideration.
Since the drama series occurs in multiple time periods and sharply different worlds, each reality had to be separately defined, often by perspective.
“We’re constantly trying to find new ways to put people into the experience,” says director Reed Morano. Her goal was to find “a balance between putting the viewer uncomfortably close to her (Elisabeth Moss‘ character named Offred, member of a repressive religious cult) and, at the same time, opening up the world so people don’t get too claustrophobic.
“‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is unique because it’s not all about the dialog,” she adds. “It’s so internal. In terms of story-telling, it gives you a huge opportunity to play.”