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TV reflection shot and its significance. ( Film : NCFOM) (1 reply and 1 comment)

Sridhar Kak
1 week ago
Sridhar Kak 1 week ago

Hello Roger,

I have a question from the film No Country For Old Men (2007).

I'm curious about the Tv reflection shots (Screengrabs attached below) where we first see Anton and then later the Sheriff, both sitting at the same place, doing the same thing (drinking milk). 

Both of them are essentially similar shots on the surface but there are significant differences within these two in terms of how dark Anton's shot was compared to the Sheriff's which had more light and also there was another shadow (on the right) that was present in the sheriff shot. 

1. How did you achieve the added shadow of the hat in the sheriff's reflection shot? It seemed as if there was another hat placed close to the television mimicking the sheriff's actions who is actually sitting on the couch near the window.

2.  And could you kindly tell the significance of these and why you've chosen to show these two characters in a similar shot and also why there were those particular differences within these two shots?

 

Thank You 

 

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Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

The difference is just in the lighting. There is a hard low sunlight giving the shadow of the Sheriff's hat, or maybe I used a lamp. I don't remember. The significance? The two characters are connected in some way. Javier's character is a kind of evil spirit, a ghost, the personification of evil. The shot was not storyboarded but something 'found'.

Sridhar Kak
1 week ago

Thank you for clarifying that Roger.

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