Hulu’s production of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” was recently nominated for 13 Emmy awards, including one for Manhattan Beach resident Colin Watkinson for his cinematography.
Watkinson, along with two script writers, will visit Pages bookstore in Manhattan Beach Thursday, Aug. 3, to discuss the making of the series.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in a futuristic world where the birthrate is plunging and the few fertile women left are prisoners forced to repopulate the world amidst environmental disasters and a totalitarian society.
Watkinson said he read “The Handmaid’s Tale” around 1989, but he didn’t feel he had to read it again after working with director Reed Morano, who he said was “very focused.”
“I had the script right there,” Watkinson said. “The script was blessed by Margaret, she was involved in it, she was a consultant producer. I felt like l didn’t need to the read the book again, it would have possibly clouded me. I needed to focus on what the script was, and what the director wanted to get out of the script.”
Watkinson said one of the biggest challenges was the length of the job. The 10-part series was filmed in Toronto from September 2016 to February 2017. His family visited him for Thanksgiving, but he was able to come home for Christmas. For the second season, Watkinson will be working on five episodes.
“It nearly killed me; it was just intense,” he said of shooting the first season.
Born in England, Watkinson started his film career at a special effects company owned partly by Terry Gilliam. He…
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