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Hello Mr. Deakins and all the DPs over this fantastic forum. I hope you Mr. Deakins and Mrs. James are well. I know you are very busy with the ‘Byways’ tour. I would like to ask you if it is possible, for your (Mr. Deakins and also other DPs who want to answer my question) workflow during prep about light schemes + staging + shot list, etc.
My question is about in which order you proceed. In my not big “experience,” I sometimes faced situations where the director want to stage the scene on location during the day and sometimes it vinified my initial light scheme, this for me was really stressful because, in a short amount of time, I had to rethink a light pattern which fit with the idea of the story (while the AD that asks for time for the prep.).
The same thing is applied with the angles of the camera, when a director wants to change an angle or maybe wants to “find” the frame during a day so maybe your initial light plan is vinified cause the light and the rig are on the shot.
In order to work better in the future and maybe reduce this kind of stress, I would to ask you about your workflow and, maybe, learn a better plan.
Do you always think and prepare your light plans after the staging/shot list of the scenes during prep? (I know that it will depend from director to director).
Of course, my scenario is really low-budget feature/short film/commercial, etc.
I always thank you for your patience and for your time Mr. Deakins. I can’t wait to see ‘EOL’, I will go to the theatre this Wednesday! Surely I will have tons of questions about the movie😁.
I wish you a peaceful Sunday.
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