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Prisoners lighting question (4 replies and 3 comments)

pbwinters
2 weeks ago
pbwinters 2 weeks ago

Hello Roger and James. Roger, the attached set photo from Prisoners fascinates me. It looks like more than just negative fill going on here. I would love to know your thoughts on setting this shot up. Thank you.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/car.jpg
Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

I, myself, wonder what was going on there! It looks like we were shooting a pick-up and I was trying to match the light by blocking the daylight and setting the one soft but more directional source. The camera is on the remote head to avoid the light and, maybe, to give some motion to the shot.

pbwinters
2 weeks ago

Thank you for the information. There are threads regarding this photo on social media where many cameramen posit their opinion as to what you were doing. Some of the very assured comments, as you might imagine, are quite, well, not true, as it turns out. When in doubt, I will always go to the source. Thank you.

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

That's funny! Sometimes I find myself struggling to match a small pick-up which I have to shoot after the main scene is finished and the light has radically altered. I will walk away from the camera and be completely bemused by what I have created around the camera. When you are looking through the lens it all seems to make sense but from the outside it can look like chaos. In the case in point, the shot may have only been an insert of the gear shift! Who knows?

Vanniyan
2 weeks ago

Master roger did you use any artificial lamp for this shot. What about windshields above small frame. It's scrim net or neutral density filters frame. Denis wanted to shoot this movie entire cloudy light. But the locations seems there is a sun light in that shot. That's what you are blocking a sun light or usually you do these kind of blocking light for sort of car shot like this!

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

That set up was all about blocking the 'natural' light and recreating the overcast look that we had already shot a scene in. Yes, there was an 'artificial' light on the ground behind the car and bouncing off the central frame.

Vanniyan
2 weeks ago

Master roger Creating overcast look while sun is open and matching was very tough right? How did you match exact overcast through artificial lamp. Hoe many scene approximately you did match and recreate the overcast look!

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

As far as I remember, I only had to match a few inserts. You cut out the sun and use just the existing soft light or/and add another as suits the shot.

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