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What do you take to work with you? (5 replies and 2 comments)

cvalds
1 year ago
cvalds 1 year ago

Hello!

There's this great series on MovieMaker called "What's in your kit?," where cinematographers will explain the tools and personal items they take to set with them every day. You can check that out here» if anyone's interested.

I was wondering if you (Roger, David, anyone!) were willing to share the items you take with you to work. Whether they're functional, inspirational or otherwise. 

Thanks!

 

Roger Deakins
1 year ago
Roger Deakins 1 year ago

Just a light meter, my Leica M8 and a script.

Gregg
1 year ago
Gregg 1 year ago

Dear Roger,

How do you use your stills camera on set?  I can understand it's usefulness when location scouting and recording lighting at different times of the day.  

Correct me if I am wrong, but I assume that you would only be using a single prime lens on the M8. Does a stills camera help you with setting your composition?

The quality of the M8's lcd monitor is also relatively not that great for reviewing images so I was wondering how you used your camera on set?

Very much appreciated 

Gregg

Roger Deakins
1 year ago
Roger Deakins 1 year ago

I use it to take reference images, mainly when I am pre lighting rather than on the shoot day.

Gregg
1 year ago

Thank you very much for that.

ygraham
1 year ago
ygraham 1 year ago

Mr. Deakins,

What lens or lenses do you use with your Leica M8 on set? Are you matching the focal length of the lens on the Leica to the one that will be be used for each shot? Or is it purely a lighting reference and you will compose by moving closer or farther from the subject rather than changing lenses?

Much appreciated,

dmullenasc
1 year ago
dmullenasc 1 year ago

I have some light meters, though usually I give it to the camera crew to keep for me on the first day, I have my Sony A6500 in my bag (16-70mm zoom), my iPhone with various apps like Artemis, etc. I carry a stick of Chapstik because it has petroleum jelly and occasionally I've had to blur parts of the frame by applying some on a filter in front of a lens.  

I have a couple of small LED onboard lights for the camera, light enough for a Steadicam, again, I give those to the camera crew to keep for me.  I have a few other items that I take with me on shows, like a Lensbaby (I have one in a PL-mount and one in a PV-mount).  Some homemade net filters glued to 4x5 frames.

Truth is that my bag is mostly crammed with a sweater, rain coat, and in winter, wool cap & gloves... plus a book to read, reading glasses, the script, my iPad...

Wouter
1 year ago

Could you perhaps share one of your selectively blurred images?
I'm curious: do you do it to practically hide/mute certain objects/values/colors or is it more like an artistic/feeling kind of thing?

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