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Do you watch films when you're in the middle of making one ? (5 replies and 5 comments)

Nareg.A
1 month ago
Nareg.A 1 month ago

Hey Roger, 

This is a weird question to ask but, do you avoid watching films when you're in the middle of making one so it wont influence your shots or compositions, or do you just watch them like you normally would when you're not busy with filming. 

Thank you. 

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I watch films when I can as I always like to keep up with what's happening. I don't see why watching a film would affect my own work though.

James
1 month ago
James 1 month ago

This will sound strange, but I like watching bad movies when shooting a movie. It reminds me what we shouldn't do and it makes me appreciate what we are doing!

Khoren
1 month ago

Hi James, it is an interesting approach - watching bad movies.
Sorry for asking, but I would appreciate to learn some names of that movies.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

Ahhh! That would be telling! What is our bad movie might be your classic!

Mike
1 month ago

How do you know it’s going to be a bad movie? Unless, ofcourse you have a library of known bad movies.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

Some films are just bad! A bad idea is a bad idea no matter how technically proficient the execution.

Mike
1 month ago

So it’s the Directors vision and how he interpret’s the script more than the technical merits of the film.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

Maybe it is just the script or the idea behind the script. "Lobster Man from Mars' was always going to be a bad movie - but that might be its charm!

Mike
1 month ago

The old ‘Saturday Morning pictures’ type films are making a come back to the new generation of film makers who regard them as ‘cult’ films. It’s funny how fresh eyes see things differently. It’s funny how ripped and torn jeans has now become fashionable, perhaps it’s to ‘shock’ and be ‘seen’ as a non conformist. Perhaps films are like that, the worse they are, the more desirable they become!

Mike
1 month ago

The original ‘Star Trek’ TV series is now being re broadcast on the UK network.
It is now so corney with its tiny sets and cheap props but it works due William Shatners stunning performances. I am riveted by everyones acting, they give it 110% .
You forget about the cardboard sets and flimsy gimmicks, the actors dominate the screen, the rest of it just doesn’t matter. Great series.

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