Legendary Cinematographer Roger Deakins Breaks Down His Biggest Career Challenges, Including 1917

How did the acclaimed cinematographer create the look of Blade Runner 2049, Skyfall's epic blaze, and 1917's "single" shot? He reveals all.

by | December 24, 2019 | Comments

Cinematographer Roger Deakins is a household name among film buffs. He’s the genius behind the look and feel of landmark films like The Shawshank RedemptionThe Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, and Blade Runner 2049. His long-running relationship with the Coen Bros. has seen him create unforgettable imagery in FargoO Brother, Where Art Thou?, and more, and he has worked with Sam Mendes on Skyfall and Jarhead. This year, Deakins takes on his most ambitious project yet, Mendes’ 1917, an action-packed WWI thriller composed of long, elaborately choreographed segments edited together to give the story the feel of a single, unbroken shot. Ahead of the movie’s release, Rotten Tomatoes sat down with Deakins to break down how he tackled the challenge of 1917‘s “single shot,” as well as to walk us through some of the toughest assignments of his career, from Skyfall‘s epic fire to his Oscar-winning work on Blade Runner 2049. 

1917 is in theaters December 25, 2019. 


1917 (2019)

Adjusted Score: 112834%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.
Synopsis: Two British soldiers receive seemingly impossible orders during World War I. In a race against time, they must cross into... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

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