If you have ever read a BlogV written by me before, you will definitely know my idea of learning from the masters. If you haven't, the idea of learning from the master is something that seems natural. These people are the best of the best at their trades and who better to learn from than them. When it comes to cinematography, there are few, if any, better than Roger Deakins.
If you do not have the pleasure of knowing who Roger Deakins is, I guarantee you have seen his work. No Country for Old Men (2007), Shawshank Redemption (1994), and Skyfall (2012) are just a few of the amazing projects that he has taken part in.
In 2015, he collaborated with Denis Villenevue on the film Sicario. He received a nomination for Best Cinematography from the Academy for his work on this feature. If you haven't seen the film, take a look a clip from the film below:
Benjamin B, of the ASC blog The Film Book, was able to sit down with Roger Deakins himself and discuss his plan from the film, his use of space lights, and custom top lighting.
He goes in depth about his usage of over 85 units for his lighting plot as well. The blog includes his lighting diagrams along with other behind the scenes photos. The scene the he discusses is the same as the clip above, so you can actually get a good feel for what he accomplishes though out the scene.
Roger Deakins has been very public about sharing his knowledge including interacting with members of his forums. Very rarely does someone of this magnitude share the type of information so openly as he does. I have only included a small fraction of the information that he provides on the blog.
Please take the time to read it as it is definitely worth the read: