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Goldfinch wide shot (5 replies and 5 comments)

Vanniyan
2 months ago
Vanniyan 2 months ago

Dear master roger just now i have seen "Goldfinch" movie. Congratulations for stunning work. What focal length did you use mostly. Why did you make slight high angle wide shot of Young andy and theo making conversation in dining table. Andy asked theo do you wanna get burger? 

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Screenshot_2019-11-23-12-43-27.jpg
Vanniyan
2 months ago
Vanniyan 2 months ago

I don't understand hobie and theo conversation of this wide shot also. It seems little low angle.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Screenshot_2019-11-23-11-35-11.jpg
FallLeaves
2 months ago

Definitely not Roger, but he answered your focal length question in this (link at the bottom) post saying that "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."
Based on many of his previous answers on this forum, it was probably a 32, 35 or 40. As you mentioned.

As for the high and low angles, Roger can explain them, or you can fill in why you think they were chosen, and how they help visually communicate the story.

Hope this helps ya out!

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/camera/goldfinch-lensing/

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

The wide shots like those you post were shot on wider lenses and these are probably shot on a 27mm or an 18mm.

Vanniyan
2 months ago

Master roger i have watched again "Goldfinch" movie. I assume the second shot i posted about hobie speaking about orphan plight. It's very sad situation. That's what you shot on wide. Audience don't want feel more how theo feel at that moment. Right? And first shot probably andy and theo activities being watched the family member.

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

You could say that. As I have said often, for me a choice of shot is instinctive. It just felt right to see these small figures in a large space. It makes them more vulnerable.

Vanniyan
2 months ago

Sorry roger. In this situation vulnerable means emotionally being harmed or totally different? My english always not good!

Vanniyan
2 months ago
Vanniyan 2 months ago

 In this top angle shot both had drugs and theo talking he is the responsible for his mother's dead. The lighting seems little scary. Is that your goal? Like two devil's lying on earth. I guess the image shot on 28mm!

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Screenshot_2019-11-22-22-16-43.jpg
Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Yes, we wanted this scene to be a little strange but I don't know about scary. Addled more like! I liked the idea of it appearing that the two boys were standing up rather than lying by the pool but that is a little lost in the cut.

Vanniyan
2 months ago

The lighting merge with boys head and also light source comes from like low angle.

Vanniyan
2 months ago

Sorry roger. The boys lying position and the soft head shadows merged with head. It's look like something different.

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