Robert richardson: (5 replies and 3 comments)
American cinematographer:You have told me that you can get into to a different headspace when you are behind the eyepiece, operating the cam. You have called it 'the cave'.
Richardson:.... I don't really know how to talk abt it. The cave is a zone -it is a complete blackout. The worldaround me disappears other than what I see through the viewfinder. It is the place I love most in this world, a place of complete focus. My eyes sees everything at once, so I am able to move rapidly to corrections, or I'm simply watching the performance by an actor. I have hit this zone in meditation, and I hit virtually every single time I shoot.
You can achieve as much as your capacity to draw upon your vision. And vision's a complicated journey. It requires a great deal of sacrifice. And it also takes scholarship to progr6. Otherwise you fall into the patterns that Many critics like to refer to as : 'this is what they do'.
It's humble request.. Plz talk about your focus.... So that we can set our parameters.....
I am confused by your posts!
eager to know how you remain focused on your job....for
example the actors say that they lock them self in a room for preparing for their character..they isolate from others to concentrate .. etc etc...curious to know how you prepare and stay focus in your job...any preparation method you follow .
I don't do anything in particular. I certainly don't lock myself into a room, although some times I might want to.
thank you sir!
Haha! I love how frank you are when asked a confusing question.
Perhaps I can help here, as after taking the time to understand Bala's question, I find myself equally intrigued by your potential answer.
Based on Bala's original post, it seems he/she, is trying to ask if you, like Robert Richardson (quoted in the 'American dCinematographer' interview above), utilize a similar hyper-focused "headspace," while behind the camera. Or to be more specifically, after you have pressed the red button and the director has called "action."
Based on behind the scenes footage, I would say you, Mr. Deakins, are more or less focused on the task at hand depending on the level of it's importance, and that your focus shifts naturally from one thing to the other. Of course it is a logical conclusion that most of your attention is divided into a hierarchy of compartments such as, your communication with the director or with various crew members.
As a cinematographer, I "doubt" (pun intended) Roger has very much control over the actors outside of getting them lit and focused, and even so, he is probably working more often than not with stand-ins. Correct me if I am wrong, but in my experience the actors are primarily under the jurisdiction of the Director and his departmental affiliates.