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true grit Mattie Ross crossing river (1 reply and 1 comment)

Vanniyan
2 months ago
Vanniyan 2 months ago

Dear master roger i have watched "true grit" movie. Where did you learn this incredible shot construction!.when Mattie Ross trying to cross the river with her black horse there is almost more than 18 cuts. Well she is struggling to cross the river. Do you remember how much number of shots actually you had been shot totally for Mattie river crossing scene. If did suppose river scene made only 6 cuts her struggling won't register properly?

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

As is usual with Joel and Ethan, we did storyboard the scene but this was a particularly difficult sequence to construct with the number of cuts somewhat dictated by the conditions as well as creative consideration. It wasn't a scene that could really have had the energy it needed without a number of cuts, especially given the variables of shooting with a young actress on a horse and in water. Every cut was there for a particular moment in the action so I don't remember shooting much more than you see on screen. Of course, we were letting the camera/s roll longer than needed for each specific beat as there is always some lead in time to the main piece of action that a camera is set for. We also shot a couple of cameras, which is something the brothers rarely do, both because of the nature of the scene and the fact that we were a little over schedule at that point. This was the last thing we shot and there was pressure to finish!

Vanniyan
2 months ago

What equipment did you use in water. Technocrane? Generally what elements decide your shot construction. I believe your shot construction depending up on the genre.

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