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Cinematography Questions For My College Project (everyone welcome to answer) (2 replies and 1 comment)

Kell2907
8 months ago
Kell2907 8 months ago

Happy New Year Master Roger & everyone reading,

I'm currently writing a case study for my college project and decided to base it around cinematography. I've been delving into what makes some of the most recognisable films so amazing, from 1917, Blade Runner 2049 and Skyfall.

I'm nearing the end of the project and have just been told I also need to be including an interview with a director of photography. I've left below four questions which if you could answer would help me so much, if any other readers would like to answer them as well that'd be much appreciated as I can add them to my research.

Referring to lighting, camera work, composition and any other factors such as equipment is all fine, I simply posted it here as I thought composition might be a good mix of all aspects. Thank you.

  1. Is there a specific film that you think has the best cinematography to date?
  2. What in your opinion is the most important aspect of creating the best possible cinematography?
  3. Is there anyone who has inspired you when it comes to being director of photography?
  4. Are there any pieces of equipment that you find yourself always using?
Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago
  1. There are so many films that I wouldn't like to point to one. When I became interested in film and cinematography I would follow the work of an individual as I felt it more pertinent to see how the same person dealt with different stories. There are many cinematographers who 'do their thing', and do it very well, but a James Wong Howe, a Conrad Hall or a Kasuo Miyagawa have a range rather than a single formula.
  2. Follow the story.
  3. See above plus Henri Decai, Vadim Yusov, Raoul Coutard, Dick Busk and so many more.
  4. That varies from film to film. My Gossen meter is the item I use most consistently.
Vanniyan
8 months ago

What's your favourite Dick Busk movies master roger?

Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago

Culloden, Mahler and Sorcerer (Friedkin's wonderful remake of Clouzot's 'Wages of Fear')

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