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1917 (8 replies and 2 comments)

ultravoxx
1 month ago
ultravoxx 1 month ago

Hi Roger!

As I know you prefer to operate the camera by yourself, and now as we saw on the BTS footage (and can imagine) it was too hard to shoot this movie all by yourself. Can you share your thoughts and feelings of not operating the camera by yourself? How did you approach this? I remember from interviews that you said more or less that you prefer to operate camera because you can instantly react what's happening in the scene and adjust the frame (beside other things). Such a good approach, and I think exactly the same. I personally can't imagine not to operate camera by myself. Can't wait to see this movie!!

Best regards!

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I did actually operate a great deal of '1917' as we were shooting with a remote head for most of the film. We also used a Trinity rig operated by Charlie Rizek and a Steadicam operated by Peter Cavacuiti. More about our approach later!

ultravoxx
1 month ago
ultravoxx 1 month ago

Thanks for reply! So on the BTS they showed Trinity and Steadicam mostly, I get it. I kinda imagined this movie to be shot like this, not on a remote head, that’s a great news! Not much a fan of ‘handhelds’.

Best regards!

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I think there were some Technocranes shown in the BTS and that would have been the Stableye or Mini Libra rigged to be taken on and off the crane. No hand held!

ultravoxx
1 month ago
ultravoxx 1 month ago

Thanks! One last thing - I’m pretty sure I saw a drone on the BTS footage. You actually mounted an Alexa LF on a drone? That’s totally crazy and dope! I’m super excited! 

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

We did use a drone and with an Alexa LF but it was not a studio camera. We shot with two prototype LF Minis that we had asked Arri to supply for us about 6 months before our shoot began.

Vanniyan
1 month ago

Could ou explain what is photo type LF minis

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

The cameras we used were early production models made when Arri was still in a 'testing' mode. The Alexa LF Mini is now available to anyone and everyone.

JustinBalog
1 month ago
JustinBalog 1 month ago

Howdy Roger! 

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this question, but I'm sure quite a few questions will be coming up so I thought it'd be best to keep it under the general heading 1917.

In the BTS scenes, there were two frames I was curious about. 

The First is what I assume was you working through a rehearsal or idea on set.  It appears you are running with a pretty hassle free kit here. Is this something you keep around on set so you can just grab and go to develop new ideas?

The second scene it appears camera ops are in full gear. Was this because they were in frame earlier in the scene, then had to spring into action and do their jobs as ops?  

Thanks again Roger, I always appreciate your generosity.

 

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Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

The first image was from well before the shoot. I used this small Sony camera to shoot rehearsals and have a reference when talking through the shot with the director.

The two grips in second image will actually cross frame after mounting the camera on a second Technocrane arm.

JustinBalog
1 month ago

Right on, thanks Roger!

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