By Aditya Savnal. Posted on December 19, 2014
A cinematographer is considered the second most important member of a film crew after the director. This makes sense, given that it is the cinematographer who is responsible for understanding and delivering the director's vision onto the screen.
It is essential that a director and his cinematographer be on the same wavelength since a difference of opinion can easily hamper the output. This is why we find the annual roundtable of cinematographers that The Hollywood Reporter hosts, very interesting.
They have been hosting roundtables with directors, editors and other industry leaders where we get to listen to their opinions on films and filmmaking. This year's cinematographers roundtable included Matthew Libatique (Noah), Roger Deakins (Unbroken), Jeff Cronenweth (Gone Girl), Benoit Delhomme (The Theory Of Everything) and Dick Pope (Mr. Turner).
The discussion ranges far and wide. All of them rue the transition from good old cinema projection to digital projection. They highlight the need to keep an eye on the weather while shooting outdoors and why it is important to be in sync and with the ever-evolving technological landscape.
There's also a sense of hurt on been dismissed by critics and ignored by audiences when discussing the their films. It is also interesting to get a peek into the professional dynamics they share with the directors they have worked with.
You should check out the other roundtables with directors and actors. Even those from the past are worth a view. They are a great way to gain insights into the art of filmmaking.
And if you wanna know more about the art of cinematography then you can check out our earlier posts on cinematography in Bresson’s films and the basics of cinematography. And if you love these posts then subscribe to our newsletter and we promise to deliver insightful posts on filmmaking every week into your mail box. For free :-).