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Hand-held approach decision making (4 replies and 3 comments)

Vanniyan
1 month ago
Vanniyan 1 month ago

Dear master roger when should we do handheld shot. What is your thoughts the whole movie shot handheld. Did any handheld movie inspired you except 'Son fo saul'

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I have shot a couple of films almost entirely hand held. It is a technique like any other and has a place in the 'tool box'.

Vanniyan
1 month ago

Yeah I remember 'Jarhead', and 'sid and Nancy'. Could you tell me missed films.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I haven't done so much hand held recently because the projects never warranted it. There are always the odd shots though and there is even a short one in '1917'.

Vanniyan
1 month ago

How to learn where to use handheld shots and what kind of story demand hand-held work.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I don't believe films are made from rules that can be learnt. What does your 'gut' tell you?

Vanniyan
1 month ago

I also believe there is no any strict rules. But it has. Can you shot all films on handheld. For instance i can't think of your movie 'revolutionary road' entirely handheld. I like it shot the way. But there is some handheld shot works nicely frank and april fighting and she ran away. But handheld won't work out entire movie. If the director wanted to shoot entire handheld what was your answer for him.. part of the any movie quarrel scene, anger, anxiety, and sort of tention scene works nicely for handheld work. But My mind struck if someone ask me to do we are going to handheld for entire movie. Do you believe pleasant scene would works on hand-held. If sam wanted to shoot 'Revolutionary road' entire movie on handheld! Would you do that ? He won't ask you. Because He know what he want. Just i am asking you. Some Peoples asking handheld work for all kind of storys. What's your thought about it.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I could see 'Revolutionary Road' being shot hand held. Why not? It would be a very different film but I don't know of a rule that forbids it. Obviously, neither Sam or I saw that film but with another director I could see it being hand held.

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