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Goldfinch lensing (4 replies and 2 comments)

Vanniyan
1 month ago
Vanniyan 1 month ago

Dear master roger i have been watching your Godlfinch interview on internet. You said we want to put the camera in to.hi theo world and you never used above focal length 32mm,35mm,40mm. Personally I felt its not comical movie. Its very personal story of theo. So why did you choose these focal length? Could you talk about how specific focal length helped you create theo world, perception and bond of mother and sons relationship. I have read You have played lot in shallow depth of field. I feel It's really new way of story telling. Hats off

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

There is nothing so new in anything I did in 'Goldfinch'. Yes, we shot with a very shallow depth of field for some scenes and we shied away from longer lenses.

I'm not sure what you are thinking when you say its not a comical movie. Are those lens choices for comedy? I'm a little unsure of your point.

 

Nan Li
1 month ago
Nan Li 1 month ago

Hi Roger

May I ask why you decided to shot with shallow depth of field for those scene? Any Specific reason in terms of story telling? I watched the movie last night and my first question after walking out of the theater was why so much shallow depth of field. 

I read the IMDB before I watched and it said camera was LF and Supreme so I thought it was because the large sensor. However this morning when I searched the BTS pictures I found you were using XT Studio and MP.

Thank you.

 

Nan

Vanniyan
1 month ago

Not roger. I assume they have worked shallow depth for mother and son's strong intimacy. And also i guess his unforgettable mother memory!

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

Yes, that was the idea for Theo's memory. Otherwise we did not deliberately go for a shallow depth. I was otherwise lighting to the normal levels I light to, a rough guide being about 2.8 for interior day and 2.2 for night work. And it was shot with the Alexa Studio Open Gate.

Vanniyan
1 month ago

Master roger some people's said there is no right or wrong for lens choice. Once you told there is style before content. Those sentence also apply for lens choice. Because some people's using always long lenses for all genre and some people's using very short focal length for all kind of the story. For instance bruno delbunel use always wide lenses for all kind of genre. How same lenses would give different emotion for variety of genre. why did you shied long lenses for theo perception?

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

We didn't want the film to feel observational. You know, everyone has their own view on choice of lenses.

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