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Change of Focus: Caleb's Camera

26.02.2020 - Caleb Deschanel, moderated by Peter Cowie

Beginning with the 1969 graduation film of a certain Terrence Malick to the most recent challenge of an all-virtual shoot for The Lion King, cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel (Twin Peaks, The Patriot) explains how curiosity drives a career. Despite the novelty of VR to his toolkit, Deschanel's 2019 photoreal remake of Disney's classic displays his uncanny ability to create naturalistic images and lighting, a gift that has earned him no less than six Oscar nominations to date. He here discusses the joys and hardships of making movies with others, which might just take us back to his part in an ambitious band of Californian film-buffs known as "The Dirty Dozen".


Caleb Deschanel

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Caleb Deschanel is an American film cinematographer and film/television director. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, each time in the field of cinematography. He has been nominated for THE RIGHT STUFF (1983), THE NATURAL (1984), FLY AWAY HOME (1996), THE PATRIOT (2000), THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004) and NEVER LOOK AWAY (2018).

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Peter Cowie

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A film historian and former international publishing director of Variety magazine, Peter Cowie has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years and has contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion’s DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme’s inception in 2003.