Cinematographer of some of the greatest films ever made, such as The Shawshank Redemption and A Beautiful Mind, Roger Deakins is a 4-time BAFTA Award winner. This remarkable cinematographer has worked with some of the notable filmmakers in Hollywood such as Coen Brothers and Sam Mendes.
Deakins started his career in 1975 with a short film, Mothers Own. One word that describes his entire career is ‘prolific’. His consistent noteworthy work across genres is absolutely remarkable. Deakins is a master of shadows and silhouettes and is often known as the fearless and experimental cinematographer for playing with low lights. Capturing beautiful shots throughout his career, his ability to play with lights and bend them to create surreal and magnificent images remains unparalleled.
While talking about his starting process, Deakins emphasizes that a connection with the script and an interest characters is essential to create a realistic portrayal of the story. Very few know Deakin’s role in animated blockbusters such as Wall-E and How to train your dragon. This 14 times Oscar Nominee served as visual consultant on these 2 films.
Although he has always been a meticulous planner, there’s certain spontaneity in the process that shapes his art. Deakins has a unique way of capturing the subject and the impact simultaneously, taking complete control of the spectator’s mind.
In this interview, he also unabashedly points out that despite the technological advancements in the world of cinema, the art has regressed. The tendency to confuse the technique with the content is what leads to a poor cinematography. In one of his interviews with Indiewire, he stated that it’s all about the movement of the camera and the composition.
Throughout his illustrious career, Deakins has had very few rivals that could match with his bold but natural style. Phenomenal is an understatement for his career journey that spans over 30 years.