The illustrious group assembled by The Hollywood Reporter included Roger Deakins (“Unbroken”), Dion Beebe (“Into the Woods”), Jeff Cronenweth (“Gone Girl”), Benoit Delhomme (“The Theory of Everything”), Matthew Libatique (“Noah”) and Dick Pope (“Mr. Turner”).
Here are some highlights from the discussion:
“People confuse pretty with good cinematography,” said Deakins. “[The late cinematographer] Freddie Francis said ‘there is good cinematography and bad cinematography, and then there’s the cinematography that’s right for the movie.’ I often feel that if reviewers don’t mention your work, it’s probably better than if they do.”
On film projection:
“I think film projection is at its very last round,” said Beebe. “We’re all still doing film prints on the movies we make, and they’re all still screening with film projection. When you suddenly flip over to the film projection, it’s just a less sophisticated look — it has a different feel. With these new digital projectors, there’s great quality. But whether you love the aesthetic of film projection or you love digital projection, the reality is that almost every theater is replacing film projectors with digital projectors.”
On dealing with unpredictable weather:
“A cinematographer’s best thing now is a phone app, a weather app. I’ve got four,” said Deakins. “I just did a film that was in New Mexico with a lot of exteriors, and it was monsoon season so I was on the phone constantly, figuring out what the weather was going to do. People think about lighting as being an art thing, but the hardest thing to do is to shoot a day exterior over an extended period — especially in England.”
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