107 episodes

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

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.8 • 182 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.

    Paul Lambert - VFX Supervisor

    Paul Lambert - VFX Supervisor

    EPISODE 107 - PAUL LAMBERT - VFX Supervisor
    Team Deakins has a great conversation with Paul Lambert, VFX Supervisor (DUNE, FIRST MAN, BLADE RUNNER 2049). He walks us through the world of VFX and reveals the complexities. We talk about the VFX on Blade Runner 2049 and how some of them were achieved. He shares how he figured out the transparency of the character Joi. He also talks about his work on the film, First Man and tells us how a lot was accomplished. We talk about what makes a VFX shot work and what makes it fail. We also touch on the importance of continuity of lighting between the elements of the shot, the importance of the placement of the focus and the difficulty of scheduling the amount of time needed to create the shots. A fascinating look into the world of VFX!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Carter Burwell - Composer

    Carter Burwell - Composer

    EPISODE 106 - CARTER BURWELL - Composer
    Team Deakins speaks with composer Carter Burwell in this episode. Carter is known for his work on NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, CAROL, and WONDERSTRUCK. We talk in-depth about the experience of working with the Coen Brothers which is where he started his career in composing for film. Working with the Coens is a good challenge because they don’t repeat themselves so it’s new territory every time. He also shares about working with Sidney Lumet on Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead which was a unique experience. We learn how the composer can be asked to help save a scene that isn’t working with the score and how you can do that. We learn a lot about the craft of composing in this episode!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Chris Menges - Cinematographer

    Chris Menges - Cinematographer

    EPISODE 105 - CHRIS MENGES - Cinematographer
    Teams Deakins speaks with the talented cinematographer, Chris Menges (MICHAEL COLLINS, THE KILLING FIELDS, KES). We talk at length about his start in documentaries and what you learn from shooting documentaries - learning to force the image, working in impossible situations, looking and noticing light and making sure you get the shot. He also shares his experiences of working with director Ken Loach and the rules that they set as well as working on The Empire Strikes Back, The Killing Fields, and Waiting for the Barbarians. Chris talks about directing “A World Apart”, the difficult transition back to DP work after directing and covers the subject of adapting books to screen and why it doesn’t always work. A fascinating conversation with a visual master!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Tony Jannelli - Head of Graduate Cinematography at NYU

    Tony Jannelli - Head of Graduate Cinematography at NYU

    EPISODE 104 - TONY JANNELLI - Head of Graduate Cinematography Studies at NYU
    Team Deakins speaks with cinematographer Tony Jannelli who is the head of the graduate cinematography department at NYU. He walks us through the structure of NYU film school and how the filmmaking is taught. He speaks of how important it is for a young filmmaker to find their own taste and intuition and how NYU works to develop this in their students. After speaking with him, it was clear why so many great filmmakers come out of NYU!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Sandy Powell - Costume Designer

    Sandy Powell - Costume Designer

    EPISODE 103 - SANDY POWELL - Costume Designer
    Team Deakins talks with the celebrated costume designer, Sandy Powell (THE FAVOURITE, VELVET GOLDMINE, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE). We delve into many things, such as how a costume designer helps the actor find his/her character, being mindful of the silhouette and shape of a design, and working with a director multiple times. She shares how she chooses her projects, how she works with color and approaches designing instinctively. She tells us about her different experiences with the director Todd Haynes and what the projects entailed. We also cover finding clothes versus making them, working with actors, doing a period project and how strict you are, and how to get past a block. And much more!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Dylan Goss - Aerial Cameraman

    Dylan Goss - Aerial Cameraman

    EPISODE 102 - DYLAN GOSS - Aerial Cameraman
    Team Deakins talks with aerial cameraman, Dylan Goss (DUNE, BLADE RUNNER 2049, SICARIO). We have the opportunity to look closely at this very specialized area. We look at the technical aspects and how they have changed. And we talk about when he is brought in, how he figures out what is needed, and the importance of his understanding of the script. We discuss the work he did with us on the films Sicario and Blade Runner 2049, including the array rig we had to develop to meet the needs of VFX in Blade Runner 2049. He also shares his experiences on the TV show Devs and we talk about the differences between drone work and helicopter work. It’s a great look at the complex world of aerial photography!

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

DanDan7878 ,

Just Brilliant

This podcast is fantastic - the calibre of the guests is phenomenal but more importantly the brilliant hosts never dominate and let the guests talk. Thank you 💥

voltefaceOC ,

Illuminating

Illuminating conversations between James, Roger and a great variety of guests. James is particularly good at drawing specifics from an interviewee. Wonderful episode with Caleb Deschanel!

JamieBuk ,

Such a brilliant resource

A great podcast of all fans of filmmaking and actual filmakers. There is always room to learn. And this is a great place to do it.

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