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The Podcast: Team Deakins
Where You Can Stream It: Apple, Spotify, the usual places podcasts can be heard.
The Pitch: Twice a week, Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Shawshank Redemption) and his wife and collaborator James Deakins are joined by a guest from the film industry to have wide-ranging conversations about making movies.
Why It’s Essential Listening: There are approximately 90 billion movie podcasts on the Internet, but how many of them let you hear from one of the best cinematographers on the planet? This one does – and since almost every episode features a guest, there are frequently occasions in which more than one of the best cinematographers on the planet are on a single episode. Case in point: one of the most recent episodes features Rodrigo Prieto, who shot movies like 25th Hour, Brokeback Mountain, The Wolf of Wall Street, and is currently shooting Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. Read More »
Gore Verbinski and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins worked together on the animated film Rango, and now it looks like the two are reuniting for not one but two new animated features. Verbinski revealed the news himself, although he also remained a little tight-lipped about what we can expect. We know two things for sure: neither animated feature will be a Western, like Rango, but one of them is a musical.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take a deep dive into the secrets that may be hidden in the title of Tenet after exploring the history of the word in an ancient puzzle. Plus, take a look at a specific sequence in WALL-E that defied the traditions of animation and resulted in the perfect romantic scene. And finally, look back at how Kelly Kapoor was a master manipulator on The Office. Read More »
Roger Deakins, the cinematographer behind Barton Fink, No Country For Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Blade Runner 2049, 1917, and so much more, now has his own podcast. Co-hosted with his wife and collaborator James Deakins, the podcast – titled Team Deakins – features the cinematographer talking about the tricks of the trade, including lighting, location scouting, and more. Think of it as a film school for your ears.
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Continuing the march towards the Academy Awards, director Sam Mendes won another key award for his work on the war drama 1917, making it likely that he’ll end up with a little golden man when the Oscars winners are unveiled next month. The Director’s Guild of America announced the winners of their annual awards, and Mendes took home the top prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. But it wasn’t the only award the 1917 earned this weekend. Read More »
Ready for a deep-dive into 1917, the latest film from Sam Mendes? A new, unusually long featurette goes behind-the-scenes of the World War I epic, with Mendes talking about the origins of the movie, and cinematographer Roger Deakins delving into how he pulled off the film’s impressive “one-shot” set-up. Watch the 1917 featurette below.
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Not since Mad Max: Fury Road has a film so fully embraced the “motion” part of motion pictures. Sam Mendes‘ jaw-dropping, nerve-jangling World War I epic 1917 is designed to look like one extremely long take from start to finish, resulting in a film that almost never sits still. The clock is ticking, and the narrative thrusts the characters forward as if a strong wind is at their backs.
One-take movies are nothing new, and 1917 ran a serious risk of being gimmicky. But Mendes, working with master cinematographer Roger Deakins, uses the single-take concept to fully enhance the narrative. Best of all, the film underscores its technical prowess with a raw, emotional story that finds beauty struggling to push through all the muck and mire. In 1917, war is hell, but it’s a hell you can find your way back from as long as you remember your humanity.
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The reunion of the Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes with the legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins was enough reason to be excited for the World War I drama 1917. A drama that takes place in one single day, 1917 follows two young British soldiers (Dean Charles Chapman and George MacKay) as they’re given an impossible mission of delivering a message deep into enemy territory to prevent a deadly massacre. But one more element would set this war drama apart from the rest: it is a two-hour movie that will be presented in one unbroken, continuous shot. Through a series of camera trickery and clever cuts, Mendes and Deakins are combining their talents to shoot one of the most ambitious war movies yet.
The duo — alongside producer Pippa Harris, co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and stars Dean Charles Chapman, George MacKay — seemed almost tranquil at the 1917 New York Comic-Con 2019 panel this Thursday. Here’s what we learned about the upcoming World War I drama.
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Cinephiles and casual movie-goers alike often go gaga over the idea of scenes, and even entire movies told in one continuous shot. Not only is it a technical achievement, but it also looks pretty darn cool, too. Sam Mendes‘ World War I film 1917 is the latest piece of entertainment to rely on this trick, tellings its entire story in one continuous shot. Of course, the movie wasn’t really shot that way, since that’s virtually impossible. But Mendes, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and more have banded together to make the film seem like it’s unfolding in one very long take. A new 1917 featurette highlights the technique.
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We’re coming down to the last two weeks before the Academy Awards, and the final technical ceremonies are doling out their top prizes. The latest: the 2018 ASC Awards.
On the same weekend as the BAFTA Awards, the 32nd annual awards ceremony for the American Society of Cinematographers gave out awards for the best cinematography in movies and television in 2017. While the ASC winners don’t add a new twist to the front-runners for the Oscar race, they do suggest that a longtime Oscar nominee for best cinematography may finally get his due.
Find out the winners of the ASC Awards below.
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