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The 'tree shot' in Prisoners (5 replies and 1 comment)

Alex Stone
2 years ago
Alex Stone 2 years ago

Roger; of all your films and everything you've filmed over your career, there's one shot that's always stuck with me and I've always wondered about.

In Prisoners, near the beginning of the film, the families realise that their children have gone missing. Rather than visualise this from within the house, there's a wonderful abstract shot, tracking in to a tree in the front garden.

Myself and many of my [filmmaker] friends have picked up on this, and even non filmmakers have noticed how eerie and uneasy the shot makes them feel.

What was the thought process and reasoning behind this shot? How does something so simple and abstract, in the context of this scene, manipulate the audience into feeling the way they do, presumably anticipated exactly so by yourself and Denis Villeneuve?

Alex Stone
2 years ago
Alex Stone 2 years ago

The shot in question can be seen very briefly in this clip at 1:48

https://youtu.be/fayfrUGJpt0?t=1m48s»

snakeEater
2 years ago
snakeEater 2 years ago

This topic was on the old forum here »and here»

Max
5 months ago

The links don't seems to work anymore. I would be interested in Mr. Deakins remarks on the construction of that shoot. Anyway to fix the links ?

Roger Deakins
2 years ago
Roger Deakins 2 years ago

Thanks!

Alex Stone
2 years ago
Alex Stone 2 years ago

Cheers guys!

Max
5 months ago
Max 5 months ago
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