Episode 86 - CALEB DESCHANEL - Cinematographer (1 reply)
Team Deakins sits down with cinematographer Caleb Deschanel for a great conversation. We learn about his experiences on the “Black Stallion”, “Being There”, “The Right Thing” and “The Natural”. We talk about the key to being really good in the craft (recognizing a better idea), watching the actor do the performance for the first time, working with operators, the importance of crew choice for a DP, and the difference of operating a camera with the wheels. We also explore the critical relationship between DP and Director and how greatness is not always obvious in the making of something. A wide-reaching conversation that you don’t want to miss!
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Anyone contemplating of going to film school can only look at Caleb Deschanel’s experience with envy. His classmates were George Lucas, Walter Murch and John Milius. Coppola, Spielberg and Scorsese would later join their group. In the 47-minute mark in the documentary below, there is a hilarious story of Deschanel and his film school buddies stealing the “THX 1138” workprint from the studio for Lucas.
I always had a fondness for “The Natural” despite my ambivalence of the ending (I do like the fireworks!). I accept the studio deviating from the novel because its ending is so bitter and depressing but did it had to be that pat?