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  And, indeed, I will ask on my own account here, an idle question: which is better—cheap happiness or exalted sufferings? Well, which is better?---Fyodor Dostoevsky ---Notes from Underground There are certain people of whom it is difficult to say anything which will at once throw them into relief—in other words, describe them graphically in their typical characteristics. These are they who are generally known as “commonplace people,” and this class comprises, of course, the immense majority of mankind. Authors, as a rule, attempt to select and portray types rarely met with in their entirety, but these types are nevertheless more real than real life itself. For instance, when the whole essence of an ordinary person’s nature lies in his perpetual and unchangeable commonplaceness; and when in spite of all his endeavours to do something out of the common, this person ends, eventually, by remaining in his unbroken line of routine—. I think such an individual really does become a type of hi

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"Cinematography is no about creating beautiful shut, it is about creating film" 

Film-maker’s eye has earned Deakins 15 Oscar nominations (and two Oscars) in celebrated work with the Coen brothers, Sam Mendes , Denis Villeneuve and others.

He is a member of both the American and British Society of Cinematographers.
Deakins' first feature film in America as cinematographer was Mountains of the Moon (1990). He began his collaboration with the Coen brothers in 1991 on the film Barton Fink. He received his first major award from the American Society of Cinematographers for his outstanding achievement in cinematography for the internationally praised major motion picture The Shawshank Redemption (1994).

He is known for his work in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), No Country for Old Men (2007), True Grit (2010), Skyfall (2012), Sicario (2015), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).
Deakins also worked as one of the visual consultants for Pixar's animated feature WALL-E.

Roger Deakins won an Oscar for best cinematographer for his work in Blade Runner 2049 and 1917 (2019)
"Create sense of reality with light"

On a train returning from a day of shooting for The Reader, Germany, 2007. Photograph: Roger A Deakins

Roger Deakins, Teignmouth Dog Jumping (2000). © Roger A. Deakins.

1. Cinematography is not about creating beautiful shots.
2. It's not about the technology.
3. Have a REASON to move the camera.
4. Have a style that suits the project.
5. Create a sense of reality with the light.
6. PLAN as much as you can but be ready to ADAPT.
7. Think about how you want the audience to feel.
8. Consider why and where you're placing the camera.

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