Team Deakins

Team Deakins

By James Ellis Deakins, Roger Deakins

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.

Episodes

John Lindley - Cinematographer

EPISODE 34 - JOHN LINDLEY - Cinematographer Team Deakins speaks with John Lindley, cinematographer and president of camera local 600. We talk about documentaries and what working on them gives you - both personally (it “enlarges your life”) and skill-wise. We also talk about handling the pressure on the set tin the role of dp and how to oversee the people you’re working with and getting the best out of them. The difference between working in TV and on features is also looked at. We also learn about unions and the camera union.
05/08/2052m 12s

Joel Coen - Director

EPISODE 33 - JOEL COEN - Director Here’s the episode you’ve all been waiting for! Team Deakins sits down with long time collaborator, director Joel Coen. A great conversation that covers aspects of their experiences together as well as the importance of collaboration and letting go of defensiveness. Of course we talk about storyboards and their place in the process as well as the power of editing. We talk about the importance of casting and the way he works with actors. As well as the fact that not having a large budget can be a blessing. Joel is an incredible filmmaker and it’s amazing to hear him speak on the craft of making films. Be sure not to miss this one! RECOMMENDED EPISODE VIEWING: True Grit (2010), The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)  
02/08/201h 22m

Dick Pope - Cinematographer

EPISODE 32 - DICK POPE - Cinematographer Team Deakins has an entertaining conversation with cinematographer, Dick Pope who also happens to be a long time friend. We talk about his start in film, his work in documentaries and his long term collaboration with director Mike Leigh. Along the way, we also touch on the importance of trust between DP & Director, working with keys that you don’t know and in particular how he works with gaffers. We touch a bit on operating and even end up with a bit on film vs digital, although we weren’t planning on going there! It’s a fascinating episode and we promise you will laugh during parts! RECOMMENDED EPISODE VIEWING: Any Mike Leigh film
29/07/201h 17m

PeteFranciosa - Agent

EPISODE 31 - PETE FRANCIOSA - Agent Team Deakins talk with Pete Franciosa, head of production at UTA talent agency. We talk about what an agent does, how to get an agent, what “packaging” is, how he choses people to represent, the differences between the agencies and lots more! It’s an interesting look inside the talent agency.
26/07/201h 6m

Alex Webb - Still Photographer

EPISODE 30 - Alex Webb - Stills Photographer Team Deakins does something different with this episode. We took the opportunity to talk to an extraordinary visual talent who is NOT a part of movie production. He is a well known still photographer and someone we are great admirers of. It was great to talk with him about his work, what he thinks is important in photographer, how he approaches his work, the importance of color in his work, what pictures can mean and the role of serendipity in great photographs. It’s an immersive dive into creating visuals.
22/07/201h 5m

Greig Fraser - Cinematographer

EPISODE 29 - GREIG FRASER - Cinematographer Team Deakins sits down with friend and fellow DP, Greig Fraser. We cover a lot ground in this episode starting with Volume lighting - how it works, how it effects the way that you work, the advantages and disadvantages. He tells us what attributes he feels are key in a director and how he feels about operating. We learn his secret desire to shoot a musical and we dive into the undiscussed subject of why wrap parties are hard and often avoided. And there’s more! A fun and informative episode. 
RECOMMENDED EPISODE VIEWING: The Mandalorian (TV-2019)
19/07/201h 38m

Gary Hymns - Key Grip (UK)

EPISODE 28 - GARY HYMNS - Key Grip This is part 2 of a two part episode series where Team Deakins talks key grips. This episode features a very renown British key grip who walks us through the British system of gripping. Because he worked with us on 1917, we delve into the details of how certain shots were accomplished in that film as well as learning details from some of his other films. You’ll understand why there was a lot laughing on the set of 1917 after hearing his humorous commentary! RECOMMENDED EPISODE VIEWING: 1917
16/07/201h 1m

Mitch Lillian - Key Grip (US)

EPISODE 27 - MITCH LILLIAN - Key Grip This is part 1 of a two part episode series where Team Deakins talks to key grips - one American, one British. Team Deakins discusses with these talented technicians how the very different systems work for grips in the states and the UK and how there responsibilities change between the countries and even between the states in the US! Mitch shares with us the challenges of gripping and how he figures out how to do what he is so good at doing! If you’ve ever wondered exactly what a grip does on a motion picture production, these two episodes will fill you in!
15/07/201h 7m

Bill Pope

EPISODE 26 - BILL POPE - Cinematographer Team Deakins has the pleasure of talking with talented cinematographer, Bill Pope. He’s shot so many wonderful films, including The Matrix series, The Jungle Book, Clueless, Baby Driver and many more. A fun discussion on the many aspects of filmmaking, and how certain films were made. We learn how some of the fantastic visuals of The Matrix came to be and some of the techniques used in making the Jungle Book. The conversation also looks into the relationship of the DP with the VFX team, the importance of preparation and what the personal experience of filmmaking can be. Bill is not only talented but very articulate so it’s an episode you don’t want to miss! RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Bound, The Matrix
12/07/201h 28m

Denis Villeneuve - Director

EPISODE 25 - DENIS VILLENEUVE - Director. Team Deakins spends some time talking with their friend and frequent collaborator, the brilliant director Denis Villeneuve. We covered many topics including Denis’ start in the business, his early films, what filmmaking means to him and the special collaboration we share. We also examine why certain shots seem to work and what the steps were to get there. A great conversation with a talented artist! RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Incendies, Sicario
08/07/201h 23m

Wilson Webb - Still Photographer

EPISODE 24 - WILSON WEBB- Still & Set Photographer. Team Deakins welcomes the great still and set photographer, Wilson Webb to the Podcast this week. Wilson has worked with us on numerous films and really is one of the best at what he does. Some of his credits include Marriage Story, Baby Driver, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Prisoners, True Grit and many more! We discuss the role of a set photographer, how to shoot posters for a film and we even get his opinion on the new wave of digital cameras. An episode for anyone interested in photography or filmmaking alike!
05/07/201h 2m

Clayton Townsend - Producer

EPISODE 23 - CLAYTON TOWNSEND - Producer. Team Deakins shares an enlightening conversation with esteemed producer, Clayton Townsend. His openness in sharing the details of the wide reaching job of a producer makes for a very interesting episode. Listen to learn the many responsibilities of a producer, the difference between various producer roles and the balance between his responsibilities to the studio and the director. A very important role in filmmaking and Clayton walks us through it!
01/07/201h 13m

Carlos Zaragoza - Production Designer

EPISODE 22 - CARLOS ZARAGOZA - PRODUCTION DESIGNER Team Deakins welcomes Carlos Zaragoza, a unique guest who has the experience of working in the Art Department on both live action and animated films. Having worked on films like Pan’s Labyrinth, Madagascar 3, Trolls and the upcoming animated film ‘Vivo’, we discuss how he combined his love of painting and art with a background in theatre to discover the world of art department and production design. We also explore the role of a production designer on set, how it differs on animated films and why his role on an animated film can sometimes take up to four years!
28/06/2049m 56s

John Crowley - Director

Team Deakins sits down with friend and collaborator, John Crowley, director of such films as Boy A, Brooklyn, and The Goldfinch. We do a deep dive into the craft of storytelling and directing. John eloquently shares with us his thoughts on directing and the challenges he faces on set. We look at how you tell a story in film, the power of the human face in the closeup, what differences the budget makes, working with actors and the pleasure of the entire filmmaking process. We also talk about Boy A, an early film of John’s, which is a favorite film of ours. A great discussion with a passionate filmmaker.
24/06/201h 17m

Charlie Rizek- Trinity & Steadicam Operator

EPISODE 20 - CHARLIE RIZEK Team Deakins is joined by 1917 collaborator, Charlie Rizek, the trinity and steadicam operating magician who lent his skills to help make possible the idea of a “one shot” movie. We talk about how he got into the business, why he was attracted to the movement of the camera, how the trinity worked on 1917 and why movement isn’t always necessary in a shot. A very talented individual with a bright future ahead!
21/06/2056m 59s

Joachim ("JZ") Zell - Color Scientist

EPISDOE 19 - JOACHIM ("JZ") ZELL - Color Scientist. Team Deakins sit down with JZ and dig deeply into the color science of it all. We talk LUTs, resolution, color space, pixels, work flow and lots more. He really knows his stuff!’
17/06/201h 6m

Sam Mendes - Director

EPISODE 18 - SAM MENDES  Team Deakins has a fun, free flowing conversation with frequent collaborator, friend, and the Oscar and Tony Award winning Director: Sam Mendes. Spending 15 years as a Theatre Director, Sam made his foray into filmmaking with his award winning debut of American Beauty. He went on to direct a total of nine films in the ensuing years, including; Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Skyfall, Spectre and 1917. Sam discusses his journey from theatre to film, the differences between the two roles and what he sees as the most important aspects of being a Director. We discuss elements of story, how editing builds tension, and why the idea of a one shot film is much more than meets the eye. A true masterclass between two cinema legends.
14/06/201h 38m

LEE KLINE - Restoration of Films

Episode 17 - LEE KLINE - Film Restoration. Team Deakins is joined by Criterion’s Technical Director of Restoration; Lee Kline. Lee has overseen the restoration of hundreds of films during his tenure at Criterion and undoubtedly left an impact on history of Cinema, allowing both audiences and future filmmakers alike the ability to enjoy classic titles for years to come. The group discusses the immense work that goes into restoring a film, the detective work of finding rare works and how they work with filmmakers to ensure the quality of the restorations.  
10/06/201h 8m

Donald Mowat - Makeup

EPISODE 16 - DONALD MOWAT - Inside the craft of makeup. Team Deakins has the pleasure of learning the ins and outs of the makeup department in films. We learn what this department brings to the film, how strong the collaboration is, different types of approaches and how to get started in the field. Who better to cover these subjects than the extremely talented Donald Mowat?
07/06/201h 0m

Peter Ramsey - Spider-Man:Into the Spider-Verse

Episode 15 - PETER RAMSEY Team Deakins is joined by Acadamy Award Winning Director Peter Ramsey. The conversation begins with how Peter came up in the industry, his love of storyboarding and reading, and how his voracious appetite for knowledge lead him to opportunities in Hollywood. Having started out in live-action and transitioning to Animation, we discuss the differences in the two, and why someday soon he could be back on live sets. We also dive into his Oscar-winning efforts in Directing Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse and the many challenges they faced to ensure this film was unlike anything ever seen! The conversation is one not to miss for any filmmakers!
03/06/2057m 8s

FIONA WEIR - Casting Director

Episode 14 - FIONA WEIR - Casting Director. Team Deakins speaks with renown Fiona Weir and learns the ins and outs of casting. A specialty often hidden from the day to day shooting process and yet so important. Fiona lets us know how it's done!
31/05/2059m 55s

Josh Gollish DIT

Episode 13 - JOSH GOLLISH DIT - Join us as we speak with #Teamdeakins member Josh Gollish, our DIT - Digital Image Technician. We talk all things DIT, from where the role originated, what Josh does on set from day to day, how some productions work without
27/05/201h 16m

Animation - Dean DeBlois

Team Deakins is joined by the incredibly talented Dean DeBlois , a writer director with credits like Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and all three How to Train Your Dragon movies. He takes us through his journey as a filmmaker, sharing his knowledge about story
24/05/201h 2m

George MacKay

Episode 11 - GEORGE MACKAY. James & Roger catch up with actor George MacKay with whom they worked on the film "1917". They talk about the shared process of "1917", George's experience on his most recent film on Ned Kelly and his process as an actor. G
20/05/201h 25m

Animation - Part 2

Episode 10 - ANIMATION PART 2 - YONG DUK JHUN & ANDY HARKNESS. Team Deakins is joined by two acclaimed filmmakers, Yong Duk Jhun and Andy Harkness. Masters of their craft, they serve as head of Layout and Head of Lighting respectively. They have worked on such films as Kung Fu Panda, Moana, The Croods, Shrek and Zootopia. The conversation ranges from the actual process of getting an Animated film off the ground, to specifics in lighting, composition, and the technology behind it all. A fascinating episode and something filmmakers of all backgrounds will enjoy.
17/05/2059m 22s

Learning Lighting

Episode 9 - Learning Lighting. We talk about lighting in this episode. Different styles of lighting, challenges in lighting and how to experiment to broaden your grasp on lighting.
13/05/2046m 14s

Animation

Episode 8 - ANIMATION - PART 1. This episode looks at our experiences on animation projects as visual consultants. We'll then dive deeper into the actual process in Part 2 and finally, in Part 3, talk with Dean DeBlois, director of the three How to Train your Dragon. There's so much to examine in Animation, don't be surprised if there is a Part 4 in the future!
10/05/2047m 0s

Lens Choice

Episode 7 - LENS CHOICE - In this episode, we talk about what goes into choosing lenses for your project and the aesthetic differences between lenses. We also discuss prime lenses vs zooms and how we go about testing lenses. And more!
06/05/2044m 15s

Bev Wood - Journey from Film to Digital

Episode 6 - Beverly Wood - From Film to Digital. We speak with Beverly Wood, former Executive VP at Deluxe and Managing Director at eFilm. We discuss the transition in Hollywood from Film to Digital with one of the industries foremost experts on the science behind it all. We discuss how film emulsion actually works, color science, her work with Roger and James, and films like SkyFall, O Brother, Where Art Thou and more. She's been with us through our journey from film to digital and is a great source of information in general! https://www.rogerdeakins.com/episode-6/
03/05/201h 25m

Composition

Episode 5 - COMPOSITION. Roger, James and Matt look at the subject of composition, the role it plays in storytelling, how composition differs in still images vs moving images.   https://www.rogerdeakins.com/episode-5/
30/04/2053m 47s

Practical Lighting

Episode 4: PRACTICAL LIGHTING - James and Roger discuss practical lighting - what it means, the additional challenges and why you might prefer to use practicals for a scene.   https://www.rogerdeakins.com/episode-4/
28/04/2030m 48s

Location Scouting

Episode 3: LOCATION SCOUTING - In this episode we talk about the ins and outs of location scouting.  As always, a special thanks to our collaborator, Matt Wyman.   https://www.rogerdeakins.com/episode-3/
27/04/2030m 48s

Working Together

Episode 2 - WORKING TOGETHER - Roger and James talk about their collaboration. Matt Wyman joins them.   https://www.rogerdeakins.com/episode-2/
26/04/2038m 37s

Beginnings

Episode 1: BEGINNINGS - Roger and James talk about the journey that brought them into the film business. We are joined by Matt Wyman. https://www.rogerdeakins.com/episode-1/
25/04/2056m 15s
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