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Roger Deakins Launches a New Cinematography Podcast

It’s podcast time: Roger Deakins and wife James team up on new podcast where they talk about filmmaking and answer your questions.

You’re new favorite podcast has arrived. Team Deakins is the new filmmaking podcast from powerhouse couple Roger and James Deakins.

Roger Deakins Launches a New Cinematography Podcast — Roger and James Deakins

Roger and James Deakins via rogerdeakins.com.

Roger Deakins, the acclaimed cinematographer, has long been a staple of commentary and study here on this blog. And for those who don’t know James Ellis Deakins, she is the longtime script supervisor, collaborator, and spouse of Roger.

In this new podcast, the two talk about the business of filmmaking, cinematography, and the entire creative process.

Per the shows description,

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. Matt Wyman, an aspiring DP, is our frequent collaborator. Followup questions can be posted in the forums at www.rogerdeakins.com.

There is already a collection of episodes live since the podcast launched last week. So far topics include the beginning of their filmmaking careers, working together as a couple, scouting locations, practical lighting, and composition.

The couple have always stated they will occasionally visit with colleagues, like Beverly Wood, a former Executive VP at Deluxe and Managing Director of eFilm. The interview goes over the journey of film to digital, and the process of filmmaking from dailies to release.

The Team Deakins podcast is available now on Apple Podcasts and Spotify


Episode One – Beginnings

Roger Deakins Launches a New Cinematography Podcast — Team Deakins

Roger and James Deakins via rogerdeakins.com.

Ready to start with the first episode?

Well, we had to start somewhere! We had so many ideas that we wanted to cover and did, indeed, record first but our cohort, Matt, did ask “Doesn’t it make sense to start with the beginnings?” And he was completely right. So we started with an episode that speaks about where we started and what our path was.

Of course, we did wonder, at first, why on earth it would be at all interesting, but Matt convinced us. And it does make sense, I suppose, to start at the beginning! It’s a good way to introduce ourselves and set up the style of the podcast in general. As you’ll see, it’s a conversation and VERY casual.

So let’s start at the beginnings – and go on from there!

You can listen to the first episode here: Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


Make a Roger Deakins Ring Light

Want to light like Roger Deakins? Check out this tutorial on how to build a $150 ring light just like the ones he uses on feature films.

If you want to make this ring light, check out this post for a list of supplies, and learn how you can build it yourself.


Image via Sony.

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