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How does a Cinematographer find his/her Voice ? (3 replies and 4 comments)

kotadia75
8 months ago
kotadia75 8 months ago

Hello Roger, 

My name is Abhishek and I'm a Cinematography student in India. 

I have worked on various Short Films as a Cinematographer, every time with a different director. There was no specific process, it changed with every Director. 

As Cinematographers, We bring the Director's vision on screen. There are Director's that give you the space and there are Director's that are adamant on how to go about a scene visually. 

As Freddie Francis quoted "There is Good Cinematography and There is Bad Cinematography and Then there is Cinematography that is RIGHT for the Film."

I wanted to ask, How does one Cinematographer find his/her voice while working on a Film ? 

Warm Regards,

Abhishek 

Vanniyan
8 months ago
Vanniyan 8 months ago

Good points abishek. In india most of the directors very adamant for wrong shot choices. If we can't do that his wrong shot choice they fired cinematographer. It's very true.

Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago

You just have to find a director who will trust your judgement and welcome your input.

ash4556
8 months ago

Sir, iam just a newbie cinematographer and i usually take whatever work that comes to me. I have had many instances where i had a difference of opinion with the director and had to compromise so that no ego breaks out. My question is
1. Do you always work with directors who gives a space for your vision also ?
2. Did you have these kinds of issues when you were starting out?
3. If you had, how did you deal with it?

Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago

The director is the director. I have been lucky in that I have always worked with directors who have wanted a collaboration. I say always though I have left a couple of films because I felt I was serving no purpose in being there other than pushing a button.

Vanniyan
8 months ago

Most of the people's pushing the camera button in india. But they are getting well paid. 2crore INR!

C A Holmes
8 months ago

I am thinking about Directing and cinematography, do you have any insight into how that might affect the work. I know there are some people doing that, but would like to know what you think. C A Holmes

ash4556
8 months ago

Thank you sir.

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