The Hollywood Reporter has posted a clip of Torquay-born cinematographer Roger Deakins filming the Coen brothers’ True Grit.
Under the headline ‘This scene alone should win True Grit cinematographer Roger Deakins an Oscar’, THR’s Tim Appelo insists the video will ‘open your eyes to why it’s finally Deakins’ time’. As if anyone really needs convincing.
The fascinating clip, embedded below, sees Deakins on-set and yapping about the courtroom scene where Mattie (played by Hailee Steinfeld) gets her first glimpse of Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges).
He says in the clip: “I love the idea of seeing Rooster for the first time from Mattie’s point of view but not gettting a clear view of him. And then I wanted to feel these shafts of sunlight just blasting through the lower parts of the blinds in the windows. But I also wanted to feel the darkness and the feeling of the lamps in the room.”
Roger, who went to Torquay Boys Grammar School and has a home in Kingswear, looks like a shoo-in for this year’s cinematography gong -long overdue, given he’s been nominated some eight times over the years.
Perhaps more importantly, he will receive the 2011 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles in February.