Cinematographer Peter Deming Talks About His Process Spanning from Film To Digital
Craft Truck has brought us a boatload of great interviews with cinematographers in Season 1 of their series Through the Lens. They've now continued the tradition with Season 2, and its opening episode gets in-depth with Peter Deming (Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, I Heart Huckabees) to talk about natural vs. unnatural light, going from film to digital and what to do when a TV pilot turns into a feature film.
Peter makes an interesting point about locking yourself into certain technical creative decisions while shooting. For example, on From Hell they did several sequences in a way photochemically that couldn't be changed later to prevent the studio from requesting changes. All the technology we have access to these days seems to often promote making decisions in post-production, which is a double-edged sword of usefulness and indecision. Peter has some interesting thoughts on this dilemma -- traditionally being a 'film guy' up until he recently started shooting Digital 3D.