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Decision to overexpose in Prisoners (1 reply)

BM459
2 months ago
BM459 2 months ago

Hi Roger,

I was always interested in this shot because of the decision to blow out the background. It seems unconventional to me, but I like the effect because I feel it draws attention back to Loki's face. Was this just an instinctual decision? What do you think would be lost by exposing for the background here? I can't think of many other shots in Prisoners that are shot this way. Thank you very much.

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Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

There wasn't much alternative, other than blasting Jake with a lot more light. Besides, he is against the light and I think it would have looked unnatural if the background was the set at same exposure.

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