ROGER DEAKINS SHOULD HAVE AN OSCAR BY NOW

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in BLOG

Roger Deakins has been nominated for ten (10) Oscars. He has won zero (0) Oscars.

He’s not an actor, he’s not a director, he’s not a screenwriter. He is (pause for dramatic effect) a cinematographer.

Cinematographers, or directors of photography, are the reigning chiefs over the camera and lighting crews of a film; they are responsible for the artistic and technical decisions of shots.

They are the craftsmen (and craftswomen) who tell a thousand words with one shot. They connect us to the emotion of a moment and the thoughts of a character without saying a single word. They are the painters of the cinema.

And Roger Deakins is one of the best. Even if you’ve never heard of him, you know and love his work.