Roger Deakins talks to the BSC

Roger Deakins talks about his career to the British Society of Cinematographers (50 mins)

Cinematographer Roger Deakins recently sat down for a talk with BSC president John de Borman after a screening of The Shawshank Redemption (1994).

The 50 minute discussion is a fascinating one and covers his career, including:

  • His early years
  • Jean-Pierre Melville
  • The influence of documentary
  • Using different approaches for different films
  • Shooting night-time exteriors
  • Lighting the train scene in The Assassination of Jesse James (2007)
  • Shooting day and night sequences in True Grit (2010)
  • How he used shadows in No Country For Old Men (2007)
  • Differences between American and European cinematographers
  • Switching to digital cameras
  • Preparing for the new Bond movie with Sam Mendes
  • Army of Shadows (1969)
  • His break working for director Michael Radford

Roger Deakins talks with John de Borman. from BSC on Vimeo.

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One reply on “Roger Deakins talks to the BSC”

I’m conflicted bewteen Skyfall and Life of Pi. I remember seeing the Skyfall scenes (the ones with Judi Dench looking glum and Daniel Craig looking through the window and into the bleakness) in the theater and whispering to my friend if I didn’t know any better, I thought we were watching one of those indie films that would get a Cinematography nomination and sure enough I saw that it was Roger Deakins in the credits. I thought he should have won for True Grit (actually, I would’ve voted for Black Swan) but both films were better than Inception which ended up winning and I’d love to see him finally win an Oscar.However, I do think Life of Pi deserves it this time.

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