V. “Logan’s Run” cinematography gem #3: use of extreme wide shots combined with color palette as a storytelling device
In showing Logan and Jessica discovering a full spectrum of human emotion, an effort is made visually to create an affinity between them and the natural environment. This is done in two ways: first, by presenting extreme wide shots that almost completely envelop the characters. The wide open vistas shown nearly swallowing up the characters give a sense of the depth and breadth of new emotions and human experience that they are able to discover now that they are unrestricted by the constructs of the city:
Also, the affinity in tone between the environment and the skin tones and wardrobe of the characters is used to great effect to make them seem like they naturally belong together. Jessica’s previously unnatural neon-green wardrobe seems to have been aged to be more complimentary to the tones of the environment:
VI. Reference Material
Logan’s Run [Blu-ray] - Unfortunately, the Blu-Ray apparently comes from the same transfer that was used to create the DVD. This film is dying to be remastered… there are lots of dirt and scratches on the heavy VFX shots that could be easily cleaned up today. Special features include commentary with Michael York and director Michael Anderson, as well as a ‘Making of’ featurette.
American Cinematographer, June 1976 – This issue is sold out on asc.com, but can be found on eBay. If you are interested in the now completely lost art of optical visual effects compositing (I personally am not), this is a must-read. Much is said in this issue about the physical production and about how the effects were achieved, but nothing is said about creating meaning with the visuals, which is obviously what I was hunting for.
A Series of Essays on Logan’s Run by Ken Sanes from Transparency Now - In this series of essays, Mr. Sanes looks at Logan’s Run from the perspective of 1. Story, 2. Society, 3. Psychology, 4. Myth, and 5. Human emotional development. Although these essays are dense with meaning, most of it is equated to the story and the symbolism, as opposed to specific visuals. However, these essays create a lush framework from which to begin to analyze the visuals of the film.