John Mathieson (‘Mary Queen of Scots’ cinematographer) reveals how he shot a period epic on a tight budget [Exclusive Video Interview]

John Mathieson (‘Mary Queen of Scots’ cinematographer) reveals how he shot a period epic on a tight budget [Exclusive Video Interview]
Cinematographer John Mathieson had to “hit the ground running” with “Mary Queen of Scots.” After taking over at the last minute for Seamus McGarvey, Mathieson had to conceive of how to shoot a historical epic on a modest $25 million budget. Watch our exclusive video interview with Mathieson above.

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Directed by Josie Rourke, this Focus Features release centers on the rivalry between Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) of Scotland and Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) of England. Though $25 million is certainly nothing to scoff at when it comes to making a movie, it gets stretched pretty thin “when you have to have two countries going to war against each other,” Mathieson says.

No stranger to gigantic productions, Mathieson knew he would have to “address things as they came along.” He explains, “You go to your producers and director and say, we need to go big this day.
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