Roger Deakins Just Started a Filmmaking Podcast. This is Not a Drill

Roger Deakins
Everybody...stop what you're doing. Roger Deakins has a podcast.

It has happened. The mother of all filmmaking podcasts (aside from maybe this one...) has arrived and we're all here for it. 

Roger Deakins—visionary, Oscar winner (formerly most snubbed DP ever), and arguably the greatest DP of all time—has launched his own friggin' podcast. We interviewed Deakins recently to discuss how he pulled off 1917, the man's insights are amazing, and we cannot wait to see him commit more time to them. 

The Team Deakins Podcast features conversations between Deakins and his wife and collaborator, James, who works as a script supervisor and digital workflow consultant. They cover a variety of topics on cinematography, like location scouting, practical lighting, and composition, but also discusses the film business, chats about their approach to collaboration, and gives answers to questions submitted by listeners.

Collider was able to speak with James, who has been running the couple's website alongside Roger, about how the podcast came to be. She says, "Over the years, we have done many Q&As and, afterwards, answered individual questions and realized that we often answer the same questions. So the idea of a podcast came to me late last year and Roger thought it would be something interesting. I didn’t really get a chance to start moving forward until January and then the shelter in place time took away any excuses I could have used to put it off!"

So far, 6 episodes have been uploaded on the podcast since its launch on April 25th—if that's any indication as to how regularly we'll be getting world-class insight on filmmaking from Team Deakins, then we're in for a delightful (and near-daily?) treat.

You can subscribe to The Team Deakins Podcast here.

If you have a question you want to ask Team Deakins, you can post them in the Roger Deakins forums.

If you want to know more about Roger Deakins, seriously just hang around No Film School. We're big fans. Check out this recent story where he analyzes modern cinema    

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This is awesome! Thanks for the article. I needed this. Most exciting news I have heard all year.

May 5, 2020 at 4:55PM

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""Over the years, we have done many Q&As and, afterwards, answered individual questions and realized that we often answer the same questions"

That's precisely the situation that led me to write my book. Instead of answering the same questions over and over again, I can now just point people to What I Really Want to Do: On Set in Hollywood where all their "how do I get into the business?" questions are answered.

May 6, 2020 at 8:07AM

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Brian Dzyak
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I'm going to get shit for saying this, but who the hell thought of doing a podcast about the visual aspects of filmmaking??? With the money these people have available, it could easily have been a visual presentation illustrating what's being talked about. On the same note, I chose to sample "Location scouting" to check it out and Deakins mentions a dozen people simultaneously checking out a possible location. Obviously, this is the province of the monied Gods of Olympus. Yes, he's brilliant. Yes, some of the best films are often the most expensive these days, but what about the rest of us in the real world: making or trying to make non-ma$$ively-budgeted, non-globe-trotting, non-superstar-studded films. All of us likely would love to work at the top of the game, but hearing the Gods chatting and sharing anecdotes won't put us there.

May 14, 2020 at 11:25AM

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Bob Byars
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There's 3 or 4 other cinematography podcasts out there where I feel far more engaged to the hosts and learn a lot more. I mean no offense to "Team Deakins," but James really doesn't have much to add to the discussion, I wonder why she is there. I subscribed to this because it's Roger, but I've found myself spacing out and not hanging on their words. I doubt I will keep listening. Scriptation recently published their Top 15 Filmmaking podcast w/No Film School listed at #1. I've listed to that entire list, and everyone of them is better than "Team Deakins." Bob Bayers makes a good point in the comments below, and he's not wrong. Reading the story above the reason for the podcast is Roger and Jamers are actively trying to "do less" to help the community, and the reason the podcast exists is because they "often answer the same questions." Give me a break.

May 17, 2020 at 12:42PM, Edited May 17, 12:43PM

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paul
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