Roger Deakins is a Genius

The versatility of Roger Deakins surpasses nearly every DP I’ve ever watched or studied. One could argue that just because my favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption, I would be biased towards such an opinion. And while that is partly true, I feel I’ve seen enough movies in my life to know a great DP from a good one. And yes, the jib shot when Andy Dufresne escapes from prison and the helicopter shot when bus arrives with the new convicts are both epic shots that will resonate with me forever. But what impresses me most about Roger Deakins is his ability to make any frame in any movie he shoots able to be a frame that you would gladly hang on your living room wall. For instance the simple and warm lighting of The Reader makes for a stunning frame wherever you pause the movie. And the contrasty and noir lighting of The Assassination of Jesse James gives a feeling that you could still hang each frame on your wall, but its ominous tone may keep you from doing so. Deakins is one of few Cinematographers who could film nearly every Coen Brothers film and also tackle wildly complex studio monsters like A Beautiful Mind.

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~ by Peyton Lea on September 23, 2009.

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