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Lens for long takes/wide lenses (1 reply and 1 comment)

David W
1 week ago
David W 1 week ago

Hi Rodger,

Emmanuel Lubezki is known for his use of wide angle lenses and long takes. He has said in interviews that he likes the intimacy that wide lenses invoke for close ups because the distance from the camera relative to the actor, makes one feel like being there with the actor.

Do you have a preferred lens to use when shooting a long take?

You seem to have a sweetspot of a 35mm for close ups which has minimal facial distortion. 

I was hoping that you could share your thoughts on Emmanuel's use of wide lenses for close ups and if you would ever consider employing this technique in your work.

Thank you for your time.


Roger Deakins
5 days ago
Roger Deakins 5 days ago

First off I must say that I greatly admire Chivo and his work. Personally, I find the distortion of an 18mm or 12mm lens can be distracting when used for close work or for moving shots but Chivo seems to make it work.

David W
5 days ago

I agree wholeheartedly. He uses this aesthetic quiet a lot In his films. The wide lens distortion adds an intriguing psychological element.

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