92nd Oscars Backstage Interview Transcript: CINEMATOGRAPHY

SPEECH BY: Roger Deakins

FILM: "1917"

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Q. Can you talk a little bit about how you pushed up ARRI, you know, how you got the full frame in the Mini and how you kind of pushed that technology to market in order to do this, and what would have happened if you couldn't have gotten your hands on that?
A. I knew they would come up with it. I mean, I've worked with ARRI for so many years -- well, all my career, really. So I got a sense that they were going to make a mini version of the LF. And we went -- James and I went to Munich and we talked to Franz and talked him into making it about a year earlier than he intended. That was all.

Q. You've done so many different types of films over your career. What was it, in particular, that -- that really excited you about this film?
A. The subject, you know, the subject and working with Sam again, frankly. You know, I've done three films with Sam and they were all -- they were three great experiences. So, yeah. That and World War I, you know.

Q. I was told you need to get back to your seat. So we are --
A. Oh, great.
Q. Thank you very much. Congratulations.


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