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Discovering shots on the day (1 reply)

noahwhodgson
4 weeks ago
noahwhodgson 4 weeks ago

Hey Roger! You speak on your podcast a lot about discovering shots on the day of filming - either reacting to something an actor is doing or what the light or location is doing, etc. I was wondering how you collaborate with directors to find these shots? Do you often suggest a lot of shots yourself or is this generally initiated by the director?

And how do you know when an additional shot is needed? Is it just a case of finding a shot that's too good to pass up? Or would you say these found shots are more to plug holes in coverage or possibly even provide a different interpretation of a scene? Perhaps all of the above?

Roger Deakins
4 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 4 weeks ago

The 'found' shot may replace anything that was preconceived and are not to just 'plug holes' in 'coverage'. That implies shooting a lot of angles and there might be a problem cutting them together. That is not how I work or how the directors I work with work either. A 'found' shot can be found by the director or the cinematographer. My dolly grip, Bruce Hamme, was always suggesting shots or little camera moves. Just stay open to anything and everything.

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