Dear Roger... (5 replies)
Dear Mr. Deakins:
You have most certainly received enough acclaim and success throughout the world to make this note quite unnecessary...But for whatever it’s worth, I should like to add my praise and gratitude as a fellow admirer of your work.
Your vision through the film images have striked me deeply, there are cinematographers who can transmute the vision of a director into something paramount, you are one of them, i can instantly recognize your "magic touch" wether you work with the Brothers, Dennis or Angelina, or other acclaimed filmmakers working today. I can fairly say your images are a living entity in the screen, some people might say they are the central protagonist, beyond that, allow me to say you are unsurpassed by anyone in the creation of mood and atmosphere. I wish you good health and the best of lucks so the world can continue to see your amazing work.
In an obvious curiosity (which might have been answered before):
Which are the films and books that have striked a tear in your heart and soul? i am talking of the ones who suddenly appear in your conscience like an apparition...
i would like to add: in your time in the National Film and Television School while learning to be the great you are now, was there any book on cinematography or photography you would kindly recommend? Thank you very much!
I love books and I am rarely reading less than two but I don't remember a single one on photography or film making that has made any connection with me. Honestly, I don't think you can learn to be creative from a book.
You might want to read Ray Bradbury's 'Green Shadows White Whale', which is about the making of 'Moby Dick'. It won't teach you much about cinematography but its a great read about the madness of film making.
As far as my own inspiration I will repeat the same names as I always do Andre Tarkovsky, Jean Pierre Melville, Sam Peckinpah, Robert Bresson etc. etc.......... and John Huston too. 'Moby Dick' was a wonderful film however crazy the process!
Where do you find new books to read Roger? Do you go browse in bookstores or do you buy/discover mostly online? Or some other method?
I still love reading from a printed page so I buy hard copies. I find books I want to read by browsing book shops or the internet and I read the NYT book reviews.
This is an excerpt from a recent interview with Werner Herzog about his online filmmaking course MasterClass:
You’ve said that reading is important to your filmmaking.
Yes, in MasterClass there are certain required books, and none of them have to do with filmmaking. They’re about poetry, they’re about watching peregrine falcons, they’re about all sorts of literature – that’s what is missing. People who do not read enough and it’s remarkable. All the real, real significant filmmakers nowadays all read voraciously. [Francis Ford] Coppola, Errol Morris, Joshua Oppenheimer, you just name them, Terrence Malick, everyone.
What are you reading these days?
Well I would say The Peregrine is something I go back to daily, and I’m reading some obscure historiographers of Greek antiquity. I just advise don’t worry what I am reading, just be curious and read -- not just tweets.