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Using exposure to tell a story (1 reply)

1 month ago
RobertZ 1 month ago

Hello Roger and James, I hope your day is going well!

I'm currently studying at film school, and for a final thesis film I have the pleasure to shoot, our main character doesn't sleep for 6 days straight. Using exposure, we open up the lens gradually during the film to simulate the tunnel vision you get from a lack sleep. (Our lenses only go down to T2.1)

Is this a approach that you would recommend? Do you think this would be too subtle or too overkill? A reason I am hesitant to pursue this technique is that we have a fantastic production designer and I would like to see her work as this short requires a heavy PD job. I recall hearing you talk about shooting wide open as a "Lazy" way of telling as story, but would this count as a special case?...

Thank you both so much for keeping to provide advice to the next generation of cinematographers. (And fighting for safer working hours!)




Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I think my reference to shooting wide open as being 'lazy' referred to the idea that to have an exposure is all you need. I often shoot scenes that I have total control of, such as stage work, wide open. The choice to do so should be a creative one and not a 'lazy' one.

Your idea sounds interesting. In essence, your depth of field would be reduced as tiredness takes over. Why not?

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