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Which one is your favourite of the films you shot? (4 replies and 3 comments)

Anca
4 months ago
Anca 4 months ago

I’m sure you often have people telling you which one of your films is their favourite but which one is your favourite? I’m thinking purely in terms of the final result, if you can divorce that from the process of making it. What are you proudest of?

Roger Deakins
4 months ago
Roger Deakins 4 months ago

I really change my opinion of the films I have worked on from day to day. And I look forward to the next project rather than feeling 'proud' of any one film I have worked on.

TWSILK
4 months ago

Do you find that the films you worked on by the time they go through the whole process of editing, post effects, sound, soundtrack, still move you as a film goer, or as the artist do you still feel and see though the eyes of the creator and the process? I know with stuff I've worked on I sometimes have a hard time feeling it as the viewer.

Roger Deakins
4 months ago
Roger Deakins 4 months ago

Over time I look at some of them with fresh eyes. 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' never ceases to move me and I find '1984' as provocative now as when I worked on it, probably more so given the current climate.

Mike
4 months ago

Do you not think that “Skyfall” was one of your great successes in terms of revenue.
It seems to be on TV 4 times a week now, it doesn’t matter how often you watch, it never looks dull. There are constant moments that still surprise you and the film always looks ‘fresh’ Imo. The scene when ‘Javier’ walks down the length of the building to meet ‘Daniel’ tied to his chair has to be the ‘Scene of the Century’ imo.
Beautifully shot and beautifully timed, though some critics call it the “Gay“ scene
It was still memorable.

TWSILK
4 months ago

That is wonderful that you can still watch films you worked on with "fresh eyes." I know so many people in the film and photography world who can't view their own work because all they see are their "mistakes" or what ifs. Thanks for the insight in how you feel about your work.

Canuck
4 months ago
Canuck 4 months ago

For Roger, re-watching his films must also be akin to flipping through an old photo album - "I remember the day when we shot that!" or "Whatever happened to that fellow?"

I strongly recommend the making-of "Kundun" feature. After viewing it, it's easy to understand why the shoot was a memorable experience for Roger and Peter Cavaciuti, who reflected on the production during the podcast. The documentary has plenty of footage of Roger and James on set, while the nervous energy of Scorsese was fascinating to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7Pmpcg8tUk»

 

Roger Deakins
4 months ago
Roger Deakins 4 months ago

'Skyfall' was certainly a financial success but that really has nothing to do with me. I like the film as much as others which died a death in the cinema. 'Shawshank' was a box office failure, as was 'Kundun', so does financial success relate to whether a film is any good?

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