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tylerfukuda
3 months ago
tylerfukuda 3 months ago

Hey Roger & the community!

I was thinking about something on my drive home from an interview today... (applied at a camera house haha)

Do you ever have the fun, or the time, to shoot small videos with James or just about town? I don't imagine that you have a 3-ton grip truck outside of your place.. or maybe you do?---But does a set of bulbs, a 35mm lens, mirrorless camera and all of the years of technical expertise/wisdom give you the same amount of enjoyment as say being on a movie production? Making imagery and telling stories that you enjoy?

And to those in the community, given these restrictions, could you tell that Roger shot this short film?

I remember listening to you speak about Conrad Hall, saying that you could tell that he was the cinematographer on a film.. In a technical standpoint, what do you mean by that? key/fill ratios to give a mood? The use of a certain effect or lens? Would love to know how you came to understand that..

You're a huge inspiration and a mentor to all of us and I cannot thank you enough for putting this community together!

Roger Deakins
3 months ago
Roger Deakins 3 months ago

It was not about contrast ratios or any one technical element of his work but Conrad's 'taste' was there in all he did.

I don't shoot film outside of my work. I shoot stills with a Leica M8 and a single 35mm lens, which gives me immense pleasure .... that is when I can find a shot!

tylerfukuda
3 months ago

Ah--that makes a lot of sense. I can certainly say that I feel much the same in regards to your work.

Thank you for answering that, though a selfish part of me wished that you did and could share haha.. but i'm just being greedy at that point.

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