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The Assassination of Jesse James Forest Scene (3 replies and 3 comments)

cem uyuk
2 months ago
cem uyuk 2 months ago

Hello Roger,

Greetings from Turkey. I recently saw your film the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I was wondering what light/tools you used to create the vertical rays of light on Paul Schneider's face and the tree he is leaning on. Did you make use of the sunlight and the position of the other trees alone? Was there additional light and canalizing elements to make this effect?

You can see the scene I am talking about in the attached. Thank you for creating this website and, hence, the opportunity to get in touch with you!

Cem Üyük

 

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Michael Bartell
2 months ago
Michael Bartell 2 months ago

Not roger but I would assume its only the sun lighting the scene. The trees in the background have light hitting them from the same direction and I doubt any large fixtures like an 18kw were used to light the scene. I think the forest is just acting as a cucoloris, letting some direct light in and some diffused/bounced. It just all is dependent on the sun's position.

cem uyuk
2 months ago

Thanks for your answer. Very likely of course. But considering the strength of the sunlight, I assumed that there must be some controlling/canalizing elements other than the surrounding trees. So, cucoloris maybe.

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

It was just sunlight. The scene was spontaneous and we shot it very quickly when the sun was low.

Mglover92
2 months ago

Was there any bounce used in this scene at all? A little foam board or just entirely the sun? Thanks Roger

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Nothing at all.

Mglover92
2 months ago

Thank you!

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