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Spontaneous action (1 reply and 1 comment)

bobathin
8 months ago
bobathin 8 months ago

Hello Mr. Deakins,

Terrence Malick's films, specifically Days of Heaven and The Tree of Life have instances of quite spontaneous shots where the crew only had moments to capture a natural yet unplanned moment on film such as a flock of geese flying in the sky or a butterfly landing on someone's hand.

I was wondering if you can recall any particular shots used in features where you only had moments to get the camera ready to capture something that the director hurried to get before the moment was lost. Something completely spontaneous and unplanned (excluding trying to get planned shots in while the sun was in a specific location etc). 

 

Thank you. 

 

 

Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago

That happens often and there are many examples on films such as 'The Assassination  of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' or 'No Country for Old Men'. On the latter we were on a lunch break when I noticed a great cloud formation over the location so we rushed to get the shot of Moss walking back to his truck. It's harder to do a long dialogue scene 'spontaneously' but there have been some, such and a few in 'Sid and Nancy' come to mind.

bobathin
8 months ago

Awesome, thank you!

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