Watch: Cinematographer Roger Deakins on Working with the Coens
by Alex Billington
September 18, 2013
One of my favorite cinematographers working today is Roger Deakins. Over his 40 year career, the British director of photography has worked with everyone from the Coen Bros to Martin Scorsese to Ron Howard to Sam Mendes. He has already received a total of 10 Academy Award nominations, but has yet to win, which is a disappointment for many reasons. However, he's still hard at work, and will probably receive a nomination this year for Prisoners (in theaters this week) after earning a nomination last year for Skyfall. Our friends recently came across this fantastic 9-minute interview with Deakins talking about working with the Coen Brothers and Scorsese. It's a vintage interview, but worth watching if you're a big fan of Deakins like we are.
Special thanks to our friends Awards Daily and The Film Stage for first finding this video on YouTube. The 9-minute featurette includes director Mike Figgis (The House, Stormy Monday) talking about working with Deakins along with some brief appearances by Joel and Ethan Coen. It's rare that we come across good interviews with cinematographers, especially someone as prestigious and talented as Roger Deakins who doesn't do much press (because he's almost always working). His 10 Academy Award nominations are for: The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, Kundun, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, No Country for Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James, The Reader, True Grit and Skyfall. Quite a career.