I'm not sure that anybody necessarily needs to be reminded of why Roger Deakins is one of the greatest cinematographers of our era. Not only has he crafted the images in a majority of the Coen Brothers' modern masterpieces, but he has been at the helm of many of the most gorgeous films of the past 20 years. But just when you think you couldn't possibly admire the man and his body of work any more than you already do, something comes along that puts his prolific career into perspective, leaving you in awe. A recent tribute video from Plot Point Productions does just that. So sit back, relax, and prepare to experience Deakins' cinematography like you never have before.
Watching this, it's easy to see a few trends emerge. First is Deakins' use of masterfully-composed extreme wide shots. There's just something about his compositional tendencies that leaves people in awe. Perhaps it's the immaculate use of leading lines, or the ways in which he toys with symmetry throughout his compositions. Then there's his use of color. He's an absolute master of implementing subtle color palettes that enhance and enrich the visuals. Ultimately, there's nothing I can say to adequately describe how inspiring Roger Deakins is to me (and I imagine to other aspiring cinematographers as well). So we'll just go to the comments and hear what everybody has to say about this one-of-a-kind cinematographer.
What are your favorite Roger Deakins films, and what shots from those films stood out to you?
[via Filmmaker Magazine]