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Prisoners Rain Sequence (5 replies and 1 comment)

Kavish
1 month ago
Kavish 1 month ago

Hi Roger sir and team, 

 

Attached are two screenshots from the film, questions:

  1. Is Jake lit using only the coloured police lights? The face seems underexposed quite a bit, maybe 2-3 stops, loved the play of the light here.
  2. The background gas station is slightly over-exposed, comparing this shot with the next one (the second screenshot) in the second one it doesn't seem over, maybe because its a wider lens and the lens is stopped down by half to 1 stop to get some additional dof?
  3. While shooting a rain sequence, are there any pointers that a cinematographer should take care of? Apart from backlighting rain in order to register it.

Thanks,

Kavish

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/mpv-shot0029.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/mpv-shot0027.jpg
Kavish
1 month ago
Kavish 1 month ago

The screenshots are swapped for some reason while uploading. The first point is about the second screenshot.

 

 

Roger Deakins
4 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 4 weeks ago

The distance from the light source makes a difference to the way the light kicks in the rain and the 'rain' may have varied a little between the two shots. Otherwise, the lighting was the same, except for a 'special' that gave just a little light in Jake's face as he walks towards camera.

Kavish
4 weeks ago

Super! Love the scene! Thank you!

pbwinters
3 weeks ago
pbwinters 3 weeks ago

I love the way you shot this film, Roger. I have watched it so many times. Lately, with no sound.

joshua gallegos
3 weeks ago
joshua gallegos 3 weeks ago

I think what makes Prisoners work is the motivated lighting that doesn’t exaggerate like Fincher’s Se7en. Prisoners exists in the real world and it’s the added realism that makes it so disturbing. I love the overcast look, I mean it’s in the heart of winter and it’s in the script, but that seasonal effect gives the film its somber tone. 

Roger Deakins
3 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 3 weeks ago

Right! Not so easy to do in Atlanta in winter, which usually has clear blue skies.

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