11 Nov Video: Two clever DIY methods to create your own ‘Deakinizer’ lens

Source: DP Review

Cinematographer Roger Deakin, a member of the British Society of Cinematographers and to The American Society of Cinematographers, is known for his work on films such as A Beautiful Mind, O Brother, here Art Thou?, The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, Skyfall, Sicario and many others. While his silver screen contributions are what he’s most known for by the general public, Deakins is also known in the film world as the creator of what’s colloquially referred to as the Deakinizer lens. In the above video, YouTuber Chung Dha shares how he created a DIY Deakinizer lens using two different methods.

A screenshot from a scene in the film Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, captured with a Deakinizer lens.

For those unfamiliar with a ‘Deakinizer’ lens, it’s the name given to a modified lens that Deakins specially created to film the 2007 film Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. This specialized lens was used to evoke an old-timey feel to the footage and gave the scenes a dreamy, tilt-shift-like effect. In an interview with The American Society of Cinematographers, Deakins explains how the modified lens worked and how it came to be:

‘[The unique look’ was done entirely in camera with lenses that are now called ‘Deakinizers.’ I used to use this gag where I put a small lens element in front of a 50mm to get a similar effect. I went to [camera department] Otto Nemenz

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