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Visual Development (Preproduction) (1 reply and 1 comment)

collinbo
1 month ago
collinbo 1 month ago

Hi Roger,

I was very pleased to find this website!  It’s very kind of you to take the time to help aspiring filmmakers, of which I am one.

I just graduated high school and am working on my first film, so I wanted to ask about how you organize your ideas, especially in the early phases of a film.  Do you do any research?  How do you track your concepts and your discussions with other artists over the course of a production?  For example, what specifically do you notate in your script?  What is your workflow for sharpening and narrowing those visual concepts into something tangible and specific that you can bring with you into the photography phase?

I hope that these questions make sense and aren’t repetitive of something already on this awesome page.

Any insights you can provide will be much appreciated!

Sincerely,

Collin

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

You will find similar discussions elsewhere on the site if you look hard. That is a problem! Topics repeat quite often and others will kind of veer off topic into .... I sometimes don't know what. Anyway, that is the nature of the site!

My first order of approach is to see what the director has in mind. Research? Sure, if the film is set in a certain period or if I am looking for some specific references in terms of architecture etc.. For me ideas come from the script and from considering the look of the film in general. Every film is different so it is hard to say how much discussion there is between myself, the director and the designer. Sometimes many weeks or months and sometimes just a few days. Things get specific as locations are chosen and the design of sets locked down. But, no matter how prepared I am before a shoot, I always try to approach the work on set with a clear eye. I don't ever want to go to set and not be open to the unexpected or to any new idea that might present itself.

 

collinbo
1 month ago

Thanks so much Mr. Deakins. This really clarifies things for me. So sorry that this was kind of a repeat...so many great discussions on this website! I really appreciate your taking the time to respond anyway. Take care and thank you again!

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