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Keeping skills sharp (3 replies and 2 comments)

David W
3 weeks ago
David W 3 weeks ago

Roger,

What do you do outside of shooting to keep your skillsets in terms of composition, lighting, movement, etc, sharp?

Someone as talented as yourself, aside from natural talent, must have a strong work ethic and practice routine to stay on top as you have.

Thank you for your time.

Roger Deakins
3 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 3 weeks ago

I recently finished a shoot so I can say I am really enjoying not following my work ethic so strongly!

David W
3 weeks ago

Haha, though I imagine you don't even need much practice anymore from decades of experience, would you mind detailing your work ethic in the early days of your career?

Roger Deakins
3 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 3 weeks ago

When I was at the NFTS I just shot everything I could. Once I moved into the real world, after some very frustrating months doing nothing, I found myself working pretty constantly on documentaries, music videos and short films. When I started shooting features I had more defined time between shoots and I would take stills, go to exhibitions etc. but I never did 'practice' in the way you might be suggesting. I have always valued my time off even though on many occasions it might have been a little longer than I would have liked. That, I guess, is the nature of being freelance.

cody
3 weeks ago

Roger,

When you first got started, how did you find ways to test larger more expensive setups? For instance and array of 18ks. Would you actually get to use those for a test or did you find a way to test it on a smaller scale?

Roger Deakins
3 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 3 weeks ago

No, I had no way to ever test an array of 18Ks before I used that technique. Neither did I ever test a Wendy light, a Brute Arc or a Dino before I used one on a shoot. I had read about the lamps and I looked up the specs and went from there. You have a concept in mind and then its a matter of finding the right tool for the job.

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