“It’s just experiencing and connecting with what’s around you,” said Deakins in an interview with Arri in conjunction with the company’s 100th anniversary. “I’ve always painted or drawn pictures or taken still photographs; now I shoot movies. It’s just about making images, really.”
It’s for the this reason that the one constant from film to film for Deakins is he’ll always have the same camera operator: himself.
“It’s so much about the movement of the camera and the composition,” said Deakins. “You want to be open to the sort of little things that happen on a set. You can’t be