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Achieving The Natural Look (2 replies and 2 comments)

Orkun Ozcan
2 months ago
Orkun Ozcan 2 months ago

Hey Mr.Deakins,

 

Hope everything is great.

I am Orkun a 17 years old young and eager cinematographer/filmmaker from Istanbul.

I just wanted to ask you about naturalism in Cinematography. I will be shooting a short film in July. My director asks me to be as natural and desaturated low contrasted as possible. My referances were mainly from Mr.Lubezki(The Tree of Life, Revenant etc.)  also Nomadland, and The Dig from Mike Eley. 

 

We have awesome exteriors here in Turkey, ıncreadible views and it is going to be mainly an exterior movie. What ı like to ask is iğn terms of lighting what should I have to be careful the most, what would you advise me? I was thinking to use as much as natural light. What should I do to achieve a natural-looking movie in terms of lighting?

 

Also as a sub-question in terms of lens choice, I decided to use Red Gemini due to its low light performance and its capability to shoot HDRx with a great range of Dynamic Range matched with Leica Summicron-C's. I also thought to use Alexa Mini matched with Ultra or Master Primes due to their sharpness and clearness. What would you recommend to me?

 

So appreciated 

 

CamiloTC
2 months ago
CamiloTC 2 months ago

Hi, not roger but I would recomend you to look into italian neorrealism for natural look. At the time, ww2 has destroyed every studio in rome and italy, so cinematographers had to learn to shoot in real locations. 

Orkun Ozcan
2 months ago

So appreciated! I would definitely study on it... Thanks a lot for your help

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

That is good advice. You might also look at the work of Raoul Coutard for Truffaut and Goddard amongst many others. He also worked on Jean Rouch's documentary 'Chronicle of Summer', which was quite groundbreaking in terms of capturing 'realism'.

Orkun Ozcan
1 month ago

So appreciate it, will definitely re-watch Truffaut and also study Coutard's documentaries. Also at this time, I prepared a kind of mood board by great still photographers such as Robert Capa, Bresson. I believe it would help a lot as well. It is so exciting to have an unlimited archive kike this as a young filmmaker. Should use it as much as we can ...Thanks a lot for your help. I will share the result when everything is done 🙂 Mr.Deakins your work and approach to filmmaking are a great inspiration for us. So appreciated

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