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The Team Deakins podcast is an ongoing conversation between acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins and James Deakins, his collaborator, about cinematography, the film business and whatever other questions are submitted. We start with a specific question and end....who knows where! We are joined by guests periodically. Followup questions can be posted in the forums at www.rogerdeakins.com.

Team Deakins James Ellis Deakins, Roger Deakins

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 295 Ratings

The Team Deakins podcast is an ongoing conversation between acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins and James Deakins, his collaborator, about cinematography, the film business and whatever other questions are submitted. We start with a specific question and end....who knows where! We are joined by guests periodically. Followup questions can be posted in the forums at www.rogerdeakins.com.

    BILL BENNETT - Cinematographer

    BILL BENNETT - Cinematographer

    SEASON 2 - EPISODE 94 - BILL BENNETT - CINEMATOGRAPHER
    On this episode of the Team Deakins Podcast, cinematographer Bill Bennett speaks with us about the world of commercial filmmaking. Born into a family of engineers, Bill came to love art through his mother’s own development as an artist, and he quickly changed majors in college to pursue his passion. Finding his way to LA, Bill built sets for commercials for years until breaking his way into camera operating and eventually cinematography in the field. Bill reveals how commercial filmmakers transitioned from film to digital formats and of his involvement in the development of the Arriflex 435 camera, a major breakthrough at the time. Bill later reflects on the impact of the Arri Alexa camera on the design of digital cameras at large and on the moment a digital camera demonstrated its value as a viable replacement for film cameras to him on a car commercial shoot. Bill also shares plenty of advice for young filmmakers looking to enter the world of commercial production and what his own views are on what makes someone stand out from the crowd. Towards the end, we discuss how commercial filmmaking is changing with new technologies like artificial intelligence and volume lighting systems.
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    This episode is sponsored by Aputure

    • 1 hr 12 min
    DANIEL KALUUYA - Actor

    DANIEL KALUUYA - Actor

    SEASON 2 - EPISODE 93 - DANIEL KALUUYA - ACTOR
    On this episode of the Team Deakins Podcast, we're speaking with actor Daniel Kaluuya (JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, GET OUT, SICARIO). A former class clown from Camden Town, Daniel describes his early initiation into the London youth theatre and arts scene up until being scouted to write and act on the popular British show SKINS. We had the pleasure of working with him on SICARIO, and he reveals how much the production changed his perception of acting and empowered him to try “doing nothing” in a scene. We learn about the discipline he applies during prep to inhabit his characters, and we discuss the particular challenges and responsibilities of playing Fred Hampton in JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH. Later, Daniel discusses his preparation for GET OUT and reflects on his experience being the face of a film that blew up far beyond his initial expectations. Daniel also reveals what he learned about himself following a year-and-a-half-long sabbatical from acting after shooting SICARIO. Throughout the episode, Daniel shares his love for working with directors who have something to say and know what they need to shoot to say it.
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    Recommended Viewing: GET OUT, SICARIO
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    This episode is sponsored by Aputure

    • 1 hr 2 min
    DON BURGESS - Cinematographer

    DON BURGESS - Cinematographer

    SEASON 2 - EPISODE 92 - DON BURGESS - CINEMATOGRAPHER
    On this episode of the Team Deakins Podcast, we speak with cinematographer Don Burgess (AQUAMAN, CONTACT, FORREST GUMP). Always the outdoorsman, Don spent much of his youth and young adulthood filming sports movies and learning the ropes while hanging off them on the side of a mountain. We learn how he fell in with director Robert Zemeckis in a pivotal meeting to shoot FORREST GUMP and how they typically prepare and work together through production. We also discuss Don’s night work on CAST AWAY and the difficulties of working on a tropical island. We reflect on deriving strength from longtime crew members, and Don reveals how, after the introduction of film incentives, he’s since developed local crews around the world. Later, Don gives us a recent example of when he was able to remotely DP a shot across the Pacific Ocean with his trusted New Zealand crew. Among his many illustrious credits, Don can also boast of surviving the 2nd unit on the arduous production of director William Friedkin’s SORCERER.
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    This episode is sponsored by Godox

    • 1 hr 18 min
    LIZA BAMBENEK - 1st AC

    LIZA BAMBENEK - 1st AC

    SEASON 2 - EPISODE 91 - LIZA BAMBENEK - 1ST AC
    1st assistant cameraperson Liza Bambenek (THE CURSE, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, SICARIO) joins us on this episode of the Team Deakins Podcast. We get a full breakdown of the camera department in this episode, and we discuss the duties and responsibilities of the different positions with Liza. We had the pleasure of working with her on SICARIO and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, and we can attest to her expertise. From small town Minnesota down a winding path to Santa Fe, Liza reflects on her life and career throughout the episode, and we consider the qualities we find most helpful in a member of the team and the characteristics commonly found in the world of filmmaking that inspire us to keep creating. We also discuss the importance of mentorship and the strength and responsibility of admitting that you don’t know something to your teammates. Liza later reflects on the evolution of female representation in the camera department and in crews overall, and she shares how the Santa Fe film market has matured since its implementation of film incentives. 
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    This episode is sponsored by Godox

    • 1 hr 7 min
    DENNIS MUREN - VFX Supervisor

    DENNIS MUREN - VFX Supervisor

    SEASON 2 - EPISODE 90 - DENNIS MUREN - VFX SUPERVISOR
    Visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren (JURASSIC PARK, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI) joins us on this episode of the Team Deakins Podcast to discuss his lifelong craft. From playing with stop motion to working on the original STAR WARS, Dennis was interested in visual effects at an early age, and throughout the episode he reflects on the evolution of the field following the advent of computer generated imagery. We learn how Dennis prioritizes emotionality when building VFX into a shot and how he consults with a director and the crew  to come up with the best shots for the film. We also learn about the shift away from using models towards computer generated imagery and about the loss of certain aspects of reality that came with transition. We discuss the focusing power of deadlines, and Dennis later shares some advice for young filmmakers looking to breaking the field of VFX. Also included: how Dennis set up a prehistoric video call to coordinate the VFX of JURASSIC PARK across the globe with director Steven Spielberg in 1993.
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    This episode is sponsored by Godox

    • 1 hr 3 min
    ELLEN MIROJNICK - Costume Designer

    ELLEN MIROJNICK - Costume Designer

    SEASON 2 - EPISODE 89 - ELLEN MIROJNICK - COSTUME DESIGNER
    Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick (OPPENHEIMER, WALL STREET, FATAL ATTRACTION) joins us on this episode of the Team Deakins Podcast. A born and bred New Yorker, Ellen jumped right into costume design on a low-budget feature in New Orleans where she quickly (and easily) took to the role as the department head. She later spent two films working and studying under famed costume designer Sandy Powell before being recruited by director Adrian Lyne to work on FATAL ATTRACTION (one of many films in which she would work with actor Michael Douglass). During our discussion of OPPENHEIMER, Ellen shares the notes she received from director Christopher Nolan that informed her approach to the design of the film’s costumes and reflects on the challenge posed by needing to design costumes that could be shot in black-and-white in one setup and in colour in the next. Ellen also reflects on the challenge of designing the film’s costumes to seamlessly reflect changes in time without losing the characters across numerous decades of story. Towards the end, we discuss the importance of creating costumes that are not only right for the period, but right for the actors who need to wear them.
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    This episode is sponsored by Godox

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
295 Ratings

295 Ratings

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If you like films, listening to this is a wonderful experience.
SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4 - MAT BERGEL - PROPS is just priceless. I had no idea that so much has to happen to film a scene.

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Creators on Creators

I love this modern podcast platform. Together with YouTube and X they are changing the way we fans of a specific subject/genre can get access to the world’s great creators through really in-depth conversations. No traditional media would even consider giving this much ‘airtime’ and this has given these platforms an unprecedented opportunity to contribute freely to our collective learning and entertainment. Roger and James can, and do talk in great depth about many filmmaking disciplines with those who know them from the inside. This is our film school and this a great inspiration for watching more movies and appreciating the technology and talented people behind them. And so entertaining too.

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Profoundly artistic

This is one of the artistic highlights of the last 10 years for me. Really insightful meditations on cinema, art and collaboration. They manage to draw so much from the people they chat with.

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