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The Village (3 replies and 1 comment)

BM459
2 months ago
BM459 2 months ago

Hi Roger,

I would love to know what your opinion of 'The Village' is. I re-watched it based on the interview with Bradford Young in which you mentioned that M. Night Shyamalan is the only director you've worked with who would not allow changes to the plan on the day of shooting. This seemed to me like a strange constraint, and I was interested to see if the cinematography suffered because of it, however on re-watching the film, I was amazed at the quality of the cinematography. I think it is some of your finest work. The visual storytelling is really remarkable, and I think it's a very beautiful film. What are your thoughts on it? Thank you.

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

I like the film. It has a very formal quality to it and the fact that we stuck religiously to the storyboards that we had spent weeks working on probably helped rather than detracted from the final result. I think the process was in some ways more frustrating for the actors than for me, but Hitchcock did the same. It's just one way of working and not a one is right or wrong.

BM459
2 months ago

Thank you for that insight. That's very interesting to hear. If the actors did struggle, it does not show in the finished product. The performances are outstanding. William Hurt! I think M. Night Shyamalan would make a great guest on the podcast. His style has changed so drastically in the years between 'The Village' and something like 'Split'. I would love to hear him talk about his process.

Frank
2 months ago
Frank 2 months ago

Roger, did The Village have any animatics or rehearsal period in pre-production? I'm interested in how M. Night paced the film with so little coverage. Were there a lot of takes?

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Not a lot of takes at all and certainly no 'animatics', only storyboards. The shots were the shots and there was very little conventional 'coverage' that would allow for pacing changes in the edit room.

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