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Coen Brothers - share storyboards with actors? (2 replies and 1 comment)

simon m
3 months ago
simon m 3 months ago

Hello Roger,

I recently saw an interview in which Josh Brolin implied that he had referred to their storyboards while on set for 'No Country For Old Men'. In your experience, would you say that is common on their sets?

I'm asking because I can see the potential value, but I would be afraid that it might distract the actor and get them thinking about the nuts and bolts of the production instead of focusing on their performance.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks so much.

Roger Deakins
3 months ago
Roger Deakins 3 months ago

I don't remember the Coen Brothers ever discussing the storyboards with the actors before a blocking rehearsal. I think we did refer to them during discussion of the chase scenes in NCFOM with Josh and I am sure actors have been interested to see them on other occasions as well but they are never 'boxed in' by them.

TWSILK
3 months ago

Hi Roger, how many of your films do you recall being heavily storyboarded? I know some directors like Spielberg, Zemeckis, Ridley Scott rely heavily on storyboards and many times the storyboards almost match the final film frame by frame. I wondered how many times directors you worked with, worked this way? I get the sense you have overall on your films had more freedom and a different structure than films that are heavily story boarded. That being said I get the sense films like Blade Runner 2049 and the Bond films had a tighter more planned structure.

Roger Deakins
3 months ago
Roger Deakins 3 months ago

I have regularly spent long periods of prep time working with a director on storyboards. The Coen Brothers storyboard all their films in detail but, although the final product will often follow those boards quite closely, they are only there as a guide. I like to work with storyboards as the creating of them leads to a greater understanding of the visual intent, but it is crucial that they don't replace spontaneity on the day.

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