Episode 105 - CHRIS MENGES - Cinematographer (2 replies and 1 comment)
Teams Deakins speaks with the talented cinematographer, Chris Menges (MICHAEL COLLINS, THE KILLING FIELDS, KES). We talk at length about his start in documentaries and what you learn from shooting documentaries - learning to force the image, working in impossible situations, looking and noticing light and making sure you get the shot. He also shares his experiences of working with director Ken Loach and the rules that they set as well as working on The Empire Strikes Back, The Killing Fields, and Waiting for the Barbarians. Chris talks about directing “A World Apart”, the difficult transition back to DP work after directing and covers the subject of adapting books to screen and why it doesn’t always work. A fascinating conversation with a visual master!
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Small note of thanks J&R. An absolutely utterly extraordinary episode, easily one of the most wonderful interviews I've ever listened to. I was genuinely moved by this strange blend of the history of Britain/cinema and the path of a passionate artist told with such absolute humility. True Inspiration, floored me.
I am glad you liked that conversation. Chris has inspired me as a creative force but also as a person.
Really enjoyed that chat with Chris, along with Barry Ackroyd both are a constant inspiration. I shoot docs so can really relate to some of the working methods often touched on in the discussions.