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Holy Brilliant Cinematographers... Did You Know That Roger Deakins Worked On WALL-E?!?!?

Hey folks, Harry here... Ya know... WALL-E looks beautiful, but I just figured that Pixar was stepping it up. That said, Disney gave us this Exclusive Behind The Scenes Feature - and usually when I get these things I'm not blown away. The last time I was flabbergasted was when I got that exclusive... how they brought Marlon Brando back for SUPERMAN RETURNS feature - years ago... This isn't crazy tech amazing... it's just very very very cool. Roger Deakins is one of the greatest cinematographers to have ever worked - and the idea of him serving as a Visual Consultant on an animated Sci-fi "kiddie" flick - well I feel it gives it a sense of cool beyond what I was expecting. Here ya go:

Behold The Secret Behind The Scenes Way Of Things On WALL-E!!!

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  • June 13, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Shawshank Redemption

    by sapno_krei

    Did that one.

  • June 13, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST - he did some other awesome things.

    by bmocbull

    Like the Aristocats... right?

  • June 13, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by Fortunesfool

    I've got tickets to see Deakins in conversation with fellow DP Seamus McGarvey at this years Edinburgh FilmFest. Sun 22 June to be exact. Should be fun.

  • June 13, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    He's Not Credited

    by MasterBateman

    According to IMDB, and yes, I'm aware that IMDB is about as reliable as Wikpedia.

  • June 13, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by g-ride9000

    straight up

  • June 13, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    That's funny.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Just yesterday I wondered if a real cinematographer could do the "camerawork" for an animated movie.

  • June 13, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    He was nominated for 7 Oscars.

    by DerLanghaarige

    4 of them were for Coen Brothers-movies!

  • June 13, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I wish I could get excited by this...

    by 0007

    but find it hard. I LOVE 2D animation but the PIXAR stuff has never touched me. And I suspected interest would be low on Wall-E because of how blatantly a rip-off he is of Johnny 5, but apparently either audiences don't have good memories or they simply don't care. I'm sure I'll see this on DVD sometime, but have such a knee-jerk reaction about 3D animation that I'm just not sure this will be the PIXAR film that finally does it for me.

  • June 13, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Does it show him sitting in front of a computer playing with cam

    by TooWhippy

  • June 13, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    People go on and on about GCI and digital vs film

    by skimn

    but I believe, though may be mistaken, that Mr. Deakins was in the forefront of image and color manipulation through digital control during post production. AND his work with the Coens has been brilliant.

  • June 13, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Dear Oscars...

    by grungies

    Give Roger Deakins a statue. Now. What a bloody genius this guy is.

  • June 13, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Damnit, Harry, yes.

    by RawShark13

    This has been known and talked about for months now.

  • June 13, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by RawShark13

    You're aware that Johnny Five was not the first to have that look, right? stanton wanted the character to have eyes that looked like binocluars. Yes, they are similar to Johnny Five's, but it still works. I'm glad he went with what works for the character, over worrying that people wouldn't be able to get over that over-exaggerated connection.

  • June 13, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by theBigWasted

    i've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this film ever since i saw the first teaser. didn't think i could get any more enthused until i saw this.

  • June 13, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    If only IMDB were as reliable as Wikipedia

    by The Funketeer

  • June 13, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Deakins should've won for Assassination.

    by RawShark13

    Unfortunately too many people thought his work on No Country was superior, so his vote got split and it went to Elswit...

  • June 13, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by TCSailor

    Shall crush "Wanted" into box-office oblivion...this is my prediction. We shall see, but I don't think Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman can save the movie from the Pixar JUGGERNAUT.

  • June 13, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by 0007

    I admit it is a fairly basic approach that was probably used before the 80s. That's the least of my worries though, as I just can't cotton to 3D animation yet. I would love it if PIXAR would do a traditional 2D film, but with perhaps dozens of layers, or something that pushes traditional 2D stuff into a new realm. 3D stuff looks very plasticized and Anglicized to me (adding skin tone to characters that originally had flat white shading, giving them rounded eyes where they were once basic dots. Sometimes less detail and simpler is better in my opinion. Look at old Mickey Mouse versus modern Mickey. I LOVE the character the old one exudes, but detest the plastic look of the new one.

  • June 13, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    that sonofabitch Wall-E is so damn cute

    by JimCurry

    I want to make love to him... It... whatever, c'mon Wall, let's hump.

  • June 13, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Wall-E is going to present an oscar

    by ArcadianDS

    possibly along side Eve and Ben Stiller.<p> mark my words<p> also can the people having a big Johnny 5 crap in their pants just kindly get over it? nobody agrees with you - NOBODY.

  • June 13, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Fuck this Benji, Zak and the Alien Prince/Johnny 5 Shit

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    Deakins however is great. Bring back 2D animation. 3d is cold.

  • June 13, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by AllieJamison

    I am not even going to complain that we have to wait until september to watch it around here.

  • June 13, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Hahaha wall-e

    by Series7

    Was on kimmel last night.

  • June 13, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    A rip-off of Johnny 5 who was a RIPOFF OF E.T.

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Get over it!

  • June 13, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    These 2-Dimensional Fanboys Distress Me

    by grungies

    Yes, 2D is awesome. Yes, it's sad that there aren't as many 2D animated films these days, but all this CGI is a fad. It'll balance out soon enough. However, the fact that people lump Pixar in with the glut of mediocre CGI films ticks me off to no end. Pixar did it first, Pixar still does it best, and unlike those other studios Pixar has actual HUMANITY to its films. Wall-E will be no exception. "Cold"? Is that a joke? Also, again, Roger Deakins FTW

  • June 13, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by jerseycajun

    Pixar is bringing back 2-D animation, in a sense. Disney put Lasseter and co. in charge of creative development for Disney animation, in addition to retaining his role at Pixar. One of his first directives was to re-start 2-d Disney animated features. The Princess & the Frog will be the first of the new bunch to be released next year. Have to disagree with your assessment of CGI and color animation. There's merit to both the simple approach and the more textured look. They're different for different purposes. I wouldn't have been able to take the characters in "The Incredibles" seriously had they been drawn as simple as early Mickey Mouse. The nature of the story should dictate the look. All aspects of a film should serve the story.

  • June 13, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Im so tired...

    by DannyDorko666

    ,,,of AICN slurping this fuckin robot. Are you getting paid or just enjoy the rich taste of Pixar spooge?

  • June 13, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by 0007

    Thanks for the heads-up about PIXAR's 2D developments! That truly does excite me. I know what you mean about all aspects serving the story and completely agree. But The Incredibles is one of the ones that particularly got to me in the texture department. But I concede that I'm in the minority there...

  • June 13, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by jerseycajun

    Johnny 5 is a rip off of the Hunter/Killer robot from the Terminator films, right?

  • June 13, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Did You Know That

    by brassai2003

    THERE IS A PUNISHER TEASER AND NEW BATMAN TRAILER UP? Cuz no one on Ain't it Old News doesn't!

  • June 13, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by grungies

    I like how you randomly added "fuck" to the end of your second paragraph for no apparent reason. Not to mention the similarities between Johnny 5 and Wall-E are vague at best.

  • June 13, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by jerseycajun

    There are the same if not more similarities between the Hunter/Killer and Johnny 5 than Johnny and Wall-E. Hollywood artists draw inspiration from lots of work that's come before.

  • June 13, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by DrUltimately

    it isn't promo bullshit. he was there for two weeks. read the American Cinematographer Magazine article i wrote on the collaboration when it hits stands in july. it goes into a lot of detail about his involvement.

  • June 13, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    jesus, that is really cool

    by BadMrWonka

    I've loved Deakins since Fargo, and of course Shawshank, but what really blew me away recently was when I saw The Assassination of Jesse James...I walked away from that just in awe of how beautiful it was shot. absolutely amazing. and of course, I found out it was Deakins...the man is not just a master, but a true innovator. this bodes well for Wall-E, a movie I was already dying to see.<p>you guys realize this movie could be SERIOUSLY huge, right? I mean, a lot of Pixar movies get big adult audiences as well, but thir bread and butter is the kids, and the kids' parents buying DVD's. but if this movie is as good as it looks, and it blows everyone out of the water, taking into account box office and DVD's, it could be seriously gigantic! crossing fingers!

  • June 13, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    did YOU know that there is a link to the Punisher teaser like 9 stories before this?<p>looks like you blew it. but don't worry, it wouldn't be an AICN talkback without some brain dead jackass using the "aintitoldnews" joke.

  • June 13, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    pixar knows its stuff

    by swanstep

    I thought _The Incredibles_ had some of the best cinematography of recent years: very Vistavision-y, great color depth, and surprisingly photographic in the city scenes. I suspect, therefore, that the smart boys 'n' gals of Pixar have been getting inputs from DP luminaries for a while (Deakins is great news tho' - go Pixar!).

  • June 13, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Well, great dancin' turd balls! Somebody call the guvner!

    by 2for2true

    You asshats call this news? Sheesh..

  • June 13, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    I can't let a mention of Superman Returns go..

    by Cotton McKnight

    without saying how much I absolutely HATE that movie. With every molecule in my body. Hate is just not strong enough a word. I despise that film.

  • June 13, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    How Assassination of Jesse James lost cinematography

    by messi

    i'll never know, that's one of the most beautiful shot films ever. This guy rules.

  • June 13, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST

    yeah check his imdb resume

    by Rupee88

    He has shot some amazing films...

  • June 13, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Millers crossing

    by imageburn13

    sealed the deal on mr deakins with me. The man has the best eye in hollywood.

  • June 13, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    The DESIGN of Johnny 5 is an E.T. knockoff, Dickblood

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The elongated neck, squat torso, and eyes set on either side of the head...look at both characters in silhouette and they're virtually identical.

  • June 13, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Deakins did NOT shoot Miller's Crossing

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Barry Sonnenfeld did (his last of three Coen movies).

  • June 13, 2008, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by half vader

    Hate to say it, but 'Pwned' by Dr. Ultimately. They also did research into things like lens distortion.abberations from real cameras/lenses used in the seventies.

  • June 14, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST

    When will pixar

    by Series7

    Win best movie Oscar, you know its going to happen.

  • June 14, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Who framed Roger Deakins?!

    by thebearovingian

    Will we ever solve this mystery?

  • June 14, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Can we just please have the movie and

    by BirdMcMonster

    move on with our lives...? At this point it's torture. Stanton is the shit. He's Bird and Lasseter's daddy. Literally, everything we hear is another boot to the geek testes...Until we see this.

  • June 14, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST

    I'm going into AICN hibernation next week

    by half vader

    Because although Australia generally gets movies at the same time (well, a coupla days before due to Thursday openings and the int. date line), or 2 to 4 weeks later, for some unfathomable reason since Nemo, US summer Pixar releases are postponed 'til SEPTEMBER. I can't work out WTF the reason is, as we even have school term breaks before then. Don't they LIKE making money??? <p> So I guess that's pretty much it for Pixar threads for me for a few months. Grrrr.

  • June 14, 2008, 5:08 a.m. CST

    P.S. re: September

    by half vader

    THAT'S torture, Bird McMonster!

  • June 14, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Three greatest cinematographers working today...

    by Knuckleduster

    ... in my opinion, are Emmanuel Lubezki, Robert Elswit and Roger Deakens.<p> Greatest ever? Probably Gordon Willis.

  • June 14, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    I mean Deakins, not Deakens.

    by Knuckleduster

    Could have been worse. Could have written Dickens.

  • June 14, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST


    by messi

    pretty obviosu top 3 although Elswit is an electic choice, people usually say Richardson or Doyle. Though i have to always put Andrew Lesnie in my list, his work on LOTR just still resonates and got alot of more mainstram filmgoers into cinematography. But yeah Lubezki is like a New God.

  • June 14, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Knuckleduster - do you have "Visions of Light'?

    by half vader

    No disrespect because the (Godfather) work is just beautiful and it's been a while since I saw 'Visions', but what were they going on about with it being 'original'?? Had no cinematographer ever heard of the Renaissance, especially chiaroscuro? Caravaggio? That's a style of lighting, right? And the amber thing? Old photos were sepia, right? Nothing against Willis himself, they were absolutely great choices given the subject matter, I just have problems with others using the term 'original' or 'groundbreaking' for those particular flicks. Although yeah I'm too anal about semantics I guess. Great doco though. <p> I do love the story though about the suits freaking because that gorgeous (lack of over-) lighting "wouldn't play at drive-ins!". <p> I cast a vote for Darius Khondji for his Jeunet/Caro stuff.

  • June 14, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST

    I have seen Wall-e at the Wrap Party...


    And I can honestly say the movie will blow your socks off. The cinematography is great and the character is not as annoyingly cute as they make him out to be in the trailers.

  • June 14, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    messi and half vader

    by Knuckleduster

    Yeah, half forgot abour Doyle. He's great. So too is Richardson. And Lesnie, I like what he does, but there's something slightly artificial about his lighting (okay, that sounds stupid. His style of lighting is obviously just the way it should be). I just have a major boner for natural lighting (which is why I love staring at anything Malick does). That was the biggest influence on my choices. <p> Lubezki. A New God indeed. I watch Ali over and over and over again. <p> Vader, I'm afraid I haven't seen Visions of Light yet. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check it out. Yeah, people tend to go nuts and exaggerate, but I still think the guy's a bloody genius (see Manhattan). His work on the Godfather movies are probably seen as "original" because it's never quite been done exactly like that before. Endless debate, really. Khondji's work is wonderful, even if I feel about his work the same way I do about Lesnie (Se7en is a different story, though). <p> The other legend is Dante Spinotti, of course, but his last truly great work was on The Insider and Wonder Boys. I hear he's working with Michael Mann again, so that should change things.

  • June 15, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Great cinematographer

    by Teddy Artery

    But the more I learn about Wall-E the more I am "interested". That is to say, I become more fascinated with the look and the technology, and less involved in any kind of story, as it may be.

  • June 15, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    That is really cool.

    by ProgGrrl

    Deakins is brilliant...what a great idea. I saw some Wall-E clips at NYCC in April and it looks awesome!

  • June 15, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Oh my god how did they get cameras inside the computers!

    by i_heart_hanso

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 2:10 a.m. CST

    No way.

    by Hello You Suck

    Get out of town. <b> </b>

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