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Prisoners lighting (4 replies and 3 comments)

Vanniyan
1 month ago
Vanniyan 1 month ago

Dear master roger i have studied  'Prisoners' lighting. I found the movie lighting is not looke beautiful. I like very much your approach. How do you achieved your goal with same lighting equipments. I once read your interview. you did ask Connie how to make image ugly. I ask you the same question! How did you made the image ugly for prisoners. I think many cinematographers fall down in this area. Because it's not about beautiful story and lighting shouldn't look beautiful. What kind of diffusion you use for whole movie. Did you make conscious decison about prisoners image lighting. I mean whilst you do lighting for every shot the image definitely don't look beautifully.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

The look of that film was not made through the use of any different tools but what we did with them. You can use the same diffusion and the same lamp but it is the control of the color and contrast that creates the look.

BTW It was Conrad who was keen to find the beauty in the ugly. He lamented that films too often avoided the ugly at the expense of reality.

Vanniyan
1 month ago

Master roger can create lighting contrast beauty and ugly. I mean at which point lighting contrast seems beauty and which point seems ugly. Some cinematographers people's create pretty glossy look lighting for sad story. I think it won't work out. And lots of people's concentrate desaturate the colors only. But their lighting is the same fantasy. I think it's little tuff to create with same diffusion material. I think creating different kind of lighting with the same diffusion and lamp is trick! Could you talk about your opinion.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I think it is just a matter of what you do with your tools. I may use a few different things from film to film but it is mostly about taste.

Rob18
4 weeks ago

Dear Roger How do you control the contrast in a scene? Do you use negative fill ? or is it more about the levels of your key light + exposure?

Roger Deakins
4 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 4 weeks ago

Contrast is controlled by the size of the light source and the amount of 'fill' or negative fill. I rarely use a conventional 'fill' light as I prefer to wrap a single source. The overall exposure you shoot at has nothing to do with the contrast within the shot.

Rob18
4 weeks ago

Thank you. So basically as bigger is the size of the light less contrast and as small it is more contrast.

Roger Deakins
4 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 4 weeks ago

Roughly, yes.

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