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Shooting in color for black and white (1 reply)

2 months ago
BM459 2 months ago

Hi Roger,

If you were to shoot a black and white film digitally, would you capture the image in color and desaturate it in the DI (as I think most digital black and white films do nowadays) or would you want to capture the black and white image in camera? I am preparing to shoot a film in black and white and want to do it in camera, but I'm worried there's a good reason why most films don't do it this way. Or is it just this notion of 'finding the look in the DI' that I know you don't subscribe to. Thank you. 

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Yes, I never 'find the look' in the DI. It's far to late by then. What if you can't find one? Are you more likely to 'find a look' after you have lit and framed a film than before you start? Lazy thinking!

There is a monochromatic Alexa and I might try that if I were to shoot a film in B&W. I do like having the color file when I shoot stills but I suspect I would want to shoot a film in B&W, in camera.

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