Finding the right lens for a certain actor (2 replies and 3 comments)
I was recently listening to the Team Deakins interview with Bruno Delbonnel, which was a fantastic listen. He is one of my favorite cinematographers. I heard him mention at one point that in prep for Amélie he took time to find the right lens to photograph Audrey Tautou with. This is a concept I've heard of before: finding the right lenses for different actors, but it's never something I've been able to fully wrap my head around. I was wondering if this is a part of your process for photographing actors? And why/why not?
It is true that some faces are more flattered by a slightly longer lens than a wider one and the opposite is also true.
Yes, but in general do you think it is the cinematographer's job to flatter the actor to a certain degree?
If to do so helps the story and the 'feel' of the film.
Master Which way flattering the actress can help the story. I can't understand this statement.
Watch Sicario to see how the lighting on the lead actress wasn’t always flattering. This was perfect for the story. If she looked fabulous every shot the story would have been unwatchable and unbelievable. The same choices can be made with the lens.