roger deakins demystifies filmmaking process in new podcast

Roger Deakins, the renowned cinematographer of feature films has launched a podcast about filmmaking. Roger Deakins, a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, is a 30 year veteran director of photography who’s worked with The Coen Brothers on The Big Lebowski and Blade Runner 2049 with Denis Villenueve. Roger Deakins has joined forces with James Ellis Deakins for the podcast, the two have worked together on a wide variety of projects, most recently on Sam Mendes’ 1917.

The current pandemic has inspired Roger Deakins to blastoff on discussions about aspects of filmmaking and the business of the film industry. They will also be providing answers to questions that are submitted in the forums on Roger Deakins personal website. The podcast has reached its sixth episode and has discussed topics like location scouting, film & digital lighting and composition.

James Bond (Daniel Craig) in Skyfall, Jesse James (Brad Pitt) in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and ‘K’ (Ryan Gosling) in Blade Runner 2049.

The announcement of this podcast and its execution will inevitably become a goldmine for both professional and novice filmmakers alike. Whether it pertains to the production process or the legal & business sides of the industry, first-hand filmmaking information from A-List professionals has always been scarce. Here we have Roger Deakins revealing a treasure trove of top-secret information. Hopefully, others will follow in his footsteps and share their own stories. Collider asked James Ellis Deakins about the podcast, “We find ourselves continually coming back to the collaborative nature of the film business and this makes us want to delve into all the areas of making a film.”

This is refreshing to hear for all filmmakers and enthusiasts because it’s a rareity to receive direct information from a top-tier cinematographer. On April 28th, 2020, they discussed practical lighting, per the site summary, “James and Roger discuss practical lighting – what it means, the additional challenges, and why you might prefer to use practicals.” What’s even better is that the podcast is in conversation format which usually results in revealing information that wasn’t intended.

Bobby Gold (Joe Mantegna) in David Mamet’s Homicide

For anybody who’s interested in deciphering cinematography secrets and demystifying the filmmaking process, listen to this podcast. Roger Deakin’s has worked as the director of photography on M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption, and David Mamet’s Homicide. He’s worked multiple times with The Coen Brothers, most notably on Fargo and No Country for Old Men, in addition to working with Sam Mendes on Revolutionary Road and Skyfall.

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