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Director Mike Leigh and Cinematographer Dick Pope, BSC on the set of Peterloo.

Team Deakins sat down with the long time collaborative team of Mike Leigh and Dick Pope (see the Mr. Turner case study link below). Both Mike and Dick talk about the specifics of their collaboration and how it has strengthened over the years. Mike shares his method of working and delineates the difference between his work and that of directors, John Cassavetes and Ken Loach.

We learn the importance of having the right location and being able to return to the same location during the course of the shoot. We also learn why on the film Peterloo, which involved a lot of scenes with a lot of extras and battles, they chose not to do storyboards. A fascinating look into a very special relationship between a director and cinematographer.


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