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Your Single-take Experience on 1917 (2 replies and 1 comment)

1 month ago
amyreidvisuals 1 month ago

Hello Roger,

I hope you are well.

I am a young aspiring cinematographer, finishing my degree in Digital Film Production at Ravensbourne University London, and I am writing a piece on single-take films for one of my projects. I am also aware that you were the DOP for 1917; a film I will remember due to its creativity with the single-take look.

I was wondering if you would be able to take some time out and answer a few questions about your experience filming a single-take film? I would really appreciate your time, especially as I have also just shot (and DOP'd) a live-session for an upcoming music artist in one-take and would love to know your thoughts.

Here are the questions:
1. What was your biggest struggle when creating 1917 in one-shot?
2. How did you go about planning your one-shot film? E.g. was there a serious amount of choreography?
3. If you could do anything differently, what would it be?
4. Do you have any tips for a young cinematographer like myself going into the industry?

I will link my own single take video if you or anyone wanted to have a look!» 

Let me know, and thank you for your time.
Kind Regards,
Amy Reid

1 month ago
Mike 1 month ago


Very nice video imo. Very good lighting/ colouring and some interesting camera moves, although at times it was a little shaky. Would have been better to have used one of those very light Dolly’s on roller skates to smooth out some of those ‘shaky’ moments, the floor looked very smooth to me so you could have used one.

Btw, Very nice singer and her SM7B mic was a good choice for that song.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

Amy, can you not find all the information that you are after about '1917' already posted or discussed in endless articles in film magazine. If you really need me to spend time going through it all again I will but ....

Your music video is very nice and the way the camera moves works very well. It doesn't feel like a gimmick or a clever shot for the sake of a clever shot.

1 month ago

Exactly, there is a great article in ACS for instance!

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