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Hi Roger, The Road Not Taken (1 reply and 1 comment)

jmharper
4 months ago
jmharper 4 months ago

Mr. Deakins, long-time admirer of your work.

As format agnostic cinematographer, I'm wondering whether you think a proficiency in shooting 35mm/16mm film formats for rising DPs is still imperative nowadays (preservationism aside)? For better or worse, most of my peers and I learned to make images with the help of EVFs/monitors that give accurate picture feedback - instantly. I've experimented with shooting 35mm/16mm film - enough to know it'll take a world of trial and error to understand and predict the variability of the image from a film camera's optical viewfinder or video assist vs. what comes out in the print. 

In terms of priorities, do you think young(ish) cinematographers should spend their educational time gaining a deeper technical knowledge of digital color science» (in the vein of Steve Yedlin) to improve their images, or do you think the higher priority should be learning how to master film formats?

Sincere thanks for taking the time to share your methodologies here and elsewhere.

Roger Deakins
4 months ago
Roger Deakins 4 months ago

I am sure it is an advantage to know the technical basics of digital capture as well film capture but I don't believe such knowledge will necessarily make you a 'better' cinematographer, just as some people take wonderful stills but have no idea how a stills camera works. I think a knowledge of film and film color science would be useful but I think it is also true that you only really learn things when you are interested in them.

jmharper
4 months ago

Many thanks - that helps. Looking forward to The Goldfinch.

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