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Doubting about the lighting (2 replies and 2 comments)

DavidArosa
2 months ago
DavidArosa 2 months ago

Hello Mr. Deakins and members of the forum.

I am a beginner cinematographer, I am a big fan of your work and I would like to ask you a  question. When you are creating the light or the shots of a film or a scene. How do you know that it is going to work? Don’t happen to you sometimes that you imagine an ambient in your head but when your create that ambient (spending time) you realize that it doesn’t work for the scene or the movie?. This is one of my biggest fears, because you have a very big responsibility when you have a team behind you. 

I know it not your field but I would like to know if this can happen to the director. Do Denis, Sam or Joel and Ethan doubt in certain moments? They have imagine a rhythm or a structure for the scene and, on set, they realize it doesn’t work. Or do they have, in general , a clear vision?

If someone has an opinion I would like you read it too 🙂

Thank you Roger and everyone.

P.S: Sorry for my English.

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Yes, whether you are the cinematographer or the director it is impossible to know with absolute certainty that your plan will work out. On the one hand, I wish it were like that whilst, on the other, that is what makes the work so exhilarating. It can and does happen that a concept doesn't work out in practice for reasons that are hard to envision beforehand. The trick is to be able to rapidly come up with an alternative and not halt production. After all, time is money!

DavidArosa
2 months ago

Thank you Roger! Do you sometimes have a plan B in your mind?

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Usually I have something back there!

DavidArosa
2 months ago

Thank you very much!

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