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not using your storyboard (1 reply and 1 comment)

7 months ago
scholasticmag 7 months ago

Hi Roger,

I was wondering if you've ever had a film where you storyboarded a scene the way you wanted it but when your filming instead of maybe adjusting a couple shot's just threw out your storyboard entirely and made something up on the spot. maybe the composition didn't quite work or you just thought of something better.


Roger Deakins
7 months ago
Roger Deakins 7 months ago

That happens a lot. Storyboards are often used as a way to explore a scene and not as a definitive plan. The Coen Brothers use storyboards in the most defined way of anyone I have worked with but even then we have abandoned a preconceived idea to embrace something discovered on the day.

7 months ago

Back in2003 I was working on a film as an assistant and walking Stanley Tucci to set. He had just finished working with Sam and Conrad on Road to Perdition, and I remember him saying how much he appreciated their flexibility when something wasn't working, "they would just throw out the storyboard and try something new." An old mentor of mine would often say, "if you have a good map, it's easy to take detours."

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