Cinematographer Roger Deakins is a household name among film buffs. He s the genius behind the look and feel of landmark films like The Shawshank Redemption, The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, and Blade Runner 2049. His long-running relationship with the Coen Bros. has seen him create unforgettable imagery in Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and more, and he has worked with Sam Mendes on Skyfall and Jarhead. This year, Deakins takes on his most ambitious project yet, Mendes 1917, an action-packed WWI thriller composed of long, elaborately choreographed segments edited together to give the story the feel of a single, unbroken shot. Ahead of the movie s release, Rotten Tomatoes sat down with Deakins to break down how he tackled the challenge of 1917 s single shot, as well as to walk us through some of the toughest assignments of his career, from Skyfall s epic fire to his Oscar-winning work on Blade Runner 2049. 1917 is in theaters December 25, 2019.