American-Cinematographer

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Here’s the first of two articles concerning Labyrinth from the August 1986 edition of American Cinematographer magazine - this one is largely concerned with Alex Thomson, the cinematographer on both Legend and Labyrinth. Particularly interesting is Henson’s comment - ‘Look, tell me if you did this on Legend and we won’t do it!’

The article is riddled with spelling errors, the best being 'Jarrod, the goblin king.’

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Cinematographer Eigil Bryld on designing a uniform look for ‘House of Cards’ with director David Fincher:

Fincher’s ground rules included “no steadicam, no handheld and no zoom lenses.” […] “to a great extent, moves are on the dolly or the boom. We wanted to use the space more so people would grow larger in the frame or move away and get smaller. We went for a more composed look; even though we had very shallow focus, we tried to create deep compositions all the time to add a sense of drama and power, and the 2:1 aspect ratio really helped with that.“

The entire show was shot on ARRI/Zeiss master primes, mostly the 27mm and 35mm. “We used longer lenses at times for close-ups, but we never wanted the sense of space to disappear,” says Bryld.”

Zoe barnes gets three sizes of coverage in the scene above, each inching higher and closer to the eyeline.

Also, the A and B cameras are usually kept very close, often stacked one on top of the other. “We typically had one camera doing a low-angle wide over and the other doing a tight over,” says Bryld. Continuity is key. “If you have perfect continuity, I think it almost creates a hypnotic universe, like you’re almost experiencing something in real time. In Fincher’s world, you have to respect space and time, and two cameras help with that.”

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These are a compilation of SOME of my favorite shots from numerous cinematographers from around the world, roughly during the past decade. Due to not only wanting to keep a consistent look, but to also respect the cinematographers’ work by not re-cropping 16x9 media, I only used movies that were shot around a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. As you can imagine, this not only limited what I was able to use, but also prevented me from using some of my favorite display of cinematography. Among those include “Children of Men” by Emmanuel Lubezki, “Prisoners” by Roger Deakins, “Hugo” by Robert Richardson, and “Only God Forgives” by Larry Smith, to name a few.

Credits:

Music: “Sapphire” by Bonobo

Cinematographers:

2046
-Chrisopher Doyle
-Pung-Leung Kwan

Barfi!
-S. Ravi Varman

Cloud Atlas
-Frank Giebe
-John Toll

The Dark Knight
Inception
-Wally Pfister

Skyfall
True Grit
No Country for Old men
-Roger Deakins

Rush
Slumdog Millionaire
-Anthony Dod Mantle

Man on Fire 
-Paul Cameron

Gravity
-Emmanuel Lubezki

Crash
-J. Michael Muro

Shutter Island
Django Unchained
The Good Shepherd
Inglourious Basterds
-Robert Richardson

The Book Thief
-Florian Ballhaus

The Conjuring
-John R. Leonett

Amèlie
-Bruno Delbonnel

Memoirs of a Geisha
-Dion Beebe

Black Hawk Down
-Slawomir Idziak

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
-Claudio Miranda

The Best Offer
-Fabio Zamarion

The Social Network
-Jeff Cronewerth

Lincoln
-Janusz Kaminski

Inside Man
Black Swan
-Matthew Libatique

2 Guns
-Oliver Wood

Wanted
-Mitchell Amundsen

The Matrix Reloaded
-Bill Pope

Mud
-Adam Stone

Gran Torino
-Tom Stern

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
-Chris Menges

Drive
-Newton Thomas Sigel

Argo
The Wolf of Wall Street
-Rodrigo Prieto

12 Years a Slave
-Sean Bobbitt

The Town
-Robert Elswit

The Life Aquatic
-Robert Yeoman

The Counselor
-Dariusz Wolski

Seven Pounds
-Philippe Le Sourd

Limitless
-Jo Willems

Captain Phillips
-Barry Ackroyd

Anna Karenina
-Seamus McGarvey

American Hustle
-Linus Sandgren

Act of Valor
-Shane Hurlbut

1408
-Benoît Delhomme

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-Don Burgess

So apparently during filming of The Place Beyond the Pines the cinematographer almost fucking died trying to get the first shot.

You know, the one where he follows him through the carnival and ends on the motorcycles in the circular cage. Originally he wanted a shot inside the cage with the three bikes riding around him. On the first try he got hit by one of them, he was shaken, but alright.

Any sane person would have changed the shot after that but he was like NOPE I NEED THIS.

So he goes in again, only to have one of the bikes stall at the top and fucking land on him. Then he went to the hospital, and they changed the shot to outside of the cage.

I just really had to share this.