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Personal advice about Cinematography (2 replies and 3 comments)

MaxA.
1 month ago
MaxA. 1 month ago

Hello Mr. Deakins, hope you are well this weekend.
First of all, I want always thank you for your availability (towards me each time I have a question but also for everyone that lives this fantastic website every day as a learning resource).

This time, I would like to ask you something less specific about the "technical" side of lighting (but that involves the process as well) but more "personal" as a point of view about the cinematography approach and improvement for the "new generations".

If you would have to do, which would be the "best" advice that you could give, with your big consciousness and awareness that you have acquired over time, to "young" and sometimes inexpert cinematographers?

I'm not so much "young" anymore, but I've approached a bit "late" this fantastic and fascinating world since I've started as a photographer but in the last three years my great interest is evolved in the art of cinematography.

I believe that receive a piece of personal advice from you is an infinite privilege for me (and I think for all of us).

Have a peaceful weekend Mr. Deakins.
Max.

MaxA.
1 month ago
MaxA. 1 month ago

I'm sorry if my question is not clear Mike, my English is not so good enough, sorry for this.

My curiosity was about the "point of view" of a master like R. Deakins that maybe have faced many difficulties to pursue his path, not only about the technical side but also artistical, inspirational, relational about this industry, etc.
His point of view, after years of experience and consciousness of this art, fascinate me and can teach me a lot I believe, as a "young" cinematographer with his insecure sides about the growth and the path.

For sure, each of us is unique and reacts differently to everything that happens in our life, but the appreciation and the admiration that I feel for Roger Deakins as an artist but also as a man drives my curiosity about his personal point of view about what really "matters" in this kind of art and if he would have to do, which would be the "greatest" advice (or maybe a foundations series in which he believes) that he could give to "young" cinematographers to grow in their path?

I hope to be more clear this time, maybe my "question" is useless and not worth the time, if it is so I just apologize.

Happy Sunday to everyone.
Max.

Mike
1 month ago

Interesting question Max. Your English is very good, that is not the problem.
Thankyou for clarifying the question, it has been asked many times before perhaps Roger has the time to answer this one. Stay safe.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

Finding your own 'voice' is key. The work of others can be inspiring but I know I would fail miserably if I tried to copy another cinematographer or photographer.

And don't be locked into any one way of shooting. Film can embrace such a wide range of possibilities. Over the last two nights we watched 'Stalker' and 'Once Upon a Time in the West', two masterpieces of film making which could hardly be more dissimilar but are equally stimulating.

MaxA.
1 month ago

Thank you very much for your reply Mr. Deakins, I really appreciate your availability. Your words mean a lot for me (and I think for everyone that too often we felt not adequate cause the "comparison").

Today is a special day for me, I will treasure your words.

Thank you again and have a nice Sunday.
Max.

Bravington
1 month ago

Wow that great advise right there, thank you for asking such an important and relevant question

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