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Skyfall Shower (3 replies and 4 comments)

Alex2II2
4 weeks ago
Alex2II2 4 weeks ago

Hi Roger,

I hope you're good?

Question - The shower scene in Skyfall, what was used to fog the glass to the exact point you wanted it?

And what type of source was being used as the backlight?

Thanks

Alex

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Maxresdefault-0.jpg
dmullenasc
4 weeks ago
dmullenasc 4 weeks ago

I copied that shot for a shower scene on a network TV show where I had to hide nudity so wanted the glass to be steamed from the shoulders down... I used a trick I've been doing since I was a beginner shooting Super-8 film, which is use Arrid Extra Dry spray, which has talcum powder in it, it frosts glass as if it were breathed upon.  Only problem I had was that the water in the shower started running down the glass and created lines of clearness, so it can be washed away if you are not careful. However it worked in my case, the lines of water running clear rivulets did not reveal any nudity. I don't have a frame of the wide shot but here is the tighter version with the fogged area just at the bottom of frame.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Screen-Shot-2019-10-24-at-8.02.48-AM.png
MattGenesis
4 weeks ago

Hey Roger, I truly appreciate you taking the time to provide a resource like this. I am a huge fan of your work. One big question. What is your workflow like with directors? On average, how much do you input on camera choreography, lens selection, and lighting? How much do you personally feel responsible for the creation of a shot? This must be a difficult premise with certain directors, namely the Coens. You created the shot but do you feel you were integral in conceiving the shot? How do you handle the complex relationship of collaboration vs ownership and how does it impact your view of your life’s work?

Alex2II2
4 weeks ago

Thankyou David.

Roger Deakins
4 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 4 weeks ago

We just used water spray as far as I can remember. Would it have had some glycerine in it to hold it there longer? Maybe. The shower was lit by a small ceiling panel we built in. I think I had a heavy diffusion on it and something like a Red Head lighting straight down.

Alex2II2
4 weeks ago

Thankyou Roger!

Mike
2 weeks ago

Wiping the glass with ‘drag’ grease stops water droplets clearing the glass. Drag grease is sold in a spray can. It’s a sticky grease.

Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

Matt,

Could you post your question in as separate topic.

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