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Approaching a film (1 reply and 1 comment)

4TheHungryBoi
2 months ago
4TheHungryBoi 2 months ago

Hi Roger!

I recently was watching an interview with Christopher Doyle, and he said that the location and environment in which he's shooting in (e.g., Hong Kong) is the largest influence on his visual approach. It's more of a reaction to/relationship with the energy of his surroundings, versus creating spaces (via sets, etc.) that conform to a preconceived visual approach. 

Do you visually approach your films more so in reaction to the environment in which they're being shot, or tend to create the style in pre-production as you think through the character/story/set design? Or is it a big nebulous mix of both? 

Thanks!

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Its very definitely a nebulous mix of both which varies from project to project. Sometimes the whole setting is artificial and has to be preconceived. Whether preconceived or shot totally on existing locations it makes sense to be open to influences from your surroundings or the process might become a technical exercise.

4TheHungryBoi
2 months ago

Makes sense! Cheers

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