Episode 135 - DARIUS KHONDJI - Cinematographer (2 replies and 1 comment)
Team Deakins talks with cinematographer Darius Khondji (UNCUT GEMS, ALIEN RESURRECTION, SE7EN). We talk a lot about light, specifically learning how to light and how he started to learn with natural light. He shares the experience of working with David Fincher on the film Se7en and how their collaboration allowed him to take risks. He speaks about how important it is to get to understand the director and how he sees visual style as a house that you have to find the key to unlocking and that he usually finds this key through the character. Darius tells us about working on the movies Lost City of Z, Uncut Gems, My Blueberry Nights, and Amour. He also shares his thoughts on working in features and television. A wonderful glimpse into the eye of a great cinematographer!
You can listen to Darius' episode here!
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Hi Roger and James, thank you for another insightful episode. One question that comes up for me whenever you mention your own anxieties and self doubt - and again when Darius spoke of his beginnings with lighting as awkward and painful - is what do you think it was that kept you on your path despite fears and uncertainty, particularly early in your career?
I think sometimes there is a drive in you to do the work, no matter how crazy it makes you - and afterwards, the sense of achievement makes you want to do it again. I know it makes no logical sense.
And also, during the process, the feeling of being part of a larger whole - working with so many others for the same goal, is pretty great. I remember a day when a torrential thunderstorm hit us as we were shooting so we had to wait it out. I was in the camera truck with other crew members and the feeling of unity and "family" was so strong. I knew then that was why I went through all this.
I don't know if this makes any sense!
Thank you James, It does make sense how an innate drive combined with the large responsibility and comradery that goes with a collaborative art form would help push through many difficult moments. I guess there is just a drive in some that outweighs any self doubt.