Glory to the directors of photography, the forgotten ones of the cinema

Cinema 6 January, 2017

No one knows their names when they are largely due to the beauty of the cinema …
No go too far, I think you are all able to answer the question “Who directed Titanic?” (Destined for the dunces: it is James Cameron). And to debrief in the stride that Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have the leading roles. But how many of you are capable of quoting me the director of photography? Yeah not great people, me either moreover (it’s Russel Carpenter, thank you Google).
Russell carpenter
Cuckoo, it’s me Russell Carpenter
Yet it is an essential job in developing a film, which enjoys a special prize at the Oscars ( “Best Cinematography” ). The director of photography, also known as the editor, is present at each stage to choose the best light, the best camera, the best viewing angles, the best colors, the best shots … everything in between aesthetics and atmosphere of the film . A key role, as well as the director, his binomial. To give you a little idea, here you will find some guy profiles that currently weigh in this area in Hollywood.
Emmanuel Lubezki
The current boss of the game that has won the last three Oscars for “Best Cinematography” (an unprecedented feat) with “Gravity” in 2013, “Birdman” in 2014 and “The Revenant” in 2015. The man is a follower natural light and long-shot sequences . He is close to directors Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalo Inarritu and Terrence Malik.
Some films : Sleepy Hollow, The Son of Man, Burn After Reading, Tree of Life …
Tribute to Emmanuel Lubezki from Jorge Luengo Ruiz on Vimeo .
Roger Deakins (England)
An immense photographer unanimously recognized by the profession, and which counts no less than 13 nominations to the Oscars. His style, which relies particularly on a tensioned through the play of light, has attracted among others the Cohen brothers, he became the director of fetish photography .
Some films : Fargo, The Shawshank Redemption, The Assassination of Jesse James, No Country for Old Men, Skyfall …
Robert Richardson with Quentin Tarantino
A ne pas confondre avec Terry Richardson, qui est dans un autre délire. Mais le bon vieux Robert est également une légende de la photographie, avec 3 Oscars à son actif (“JFK” en 1992, “Aviator” en 2005 et “Hugo Cabret” en 2012). Les plus grands réalisateurs le réclament, à l’instar d’Oliver Stone (avec qui il a fait 11 films !), Martin Scorsese et Quentin Tarantino.
Some films : Django Unchained, Nixon, Shutter Island, Kill Bill, Casino …
Janusz Kaminski and Leonardo DiCaprio
Janusz est surtout connu pour être le directeur de la photographie attitré de Steven Spielberg. Ce qui te place forcément le mec tout en haut de la liste de ceux qui pèsent. Spielberg ne veut plus le lâcher depuis “La Liste de Schindler” : “Janusz est définitivement le meilleur chef opérateur avec qui j’ai travaillé. Quand je l’ai rencontré, je me suis rapidement rendu compte que j’avais un vrai artiste face à moi. En utilisant la bonne lumière il était capable de créer des images à la Chagall un jour, et des images à la Goya ou Monet le lendemain”.
Some films : Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln, Jurassic Park, Minority Report …
Bradford Young (USA)
A young boy who rises and who detonates by his poetic style where the light is raw. For example, in the film “Pariah” , to a night scene in a room, Bradford decided to use only the light of the small Ikea desk lamp and those of Christmas lights that reached from the window. #Minimalist. He is also the happy elected official who will direct the spin-off photography on Han Solo in 2018.
Claudio Miranda (Chile)
A chef op ‘which has worked on numerous productions with computer graphics like “Tron” . Since 2012, he has an Oscar on top of the chimney with its taf on “Life of Pi” .
Some films : The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Se7en, Oblivion,
Matthew Libatique (USA)
His association with Darren Aronofsky is always a delight to see on the big screen. Matthew tends to give space to the actors to be more free to move . It creates an atmosphere that sticks to each scene thanks to the light and type of camera used. His masterpiece is undoubtedly “Black Swan” .
Some films : Requiem for a Dream, Gothika, Iron Man, Straight Outta Compton …
Darren Aronofsky – Spirals & Symmetry from STUDIO LITTLE on Vimeo .
Bruno Delbonnel (France)
Through his work with Jean-Pierre Jeunet on huge boxes “Amélie” and “A Very Long Engagement” , the odds of Bruno Delbonnel climbed across the Atlantic. The point of being chosen to take care of photography of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in 2009 . An episode darker than the others, and much less saturated in colors than the films of Jeunet. Delbonnel has adapted perfectly as evidenced by this comparison between two episodes of the sorcerer’s saga.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Il est même aujourd’hui un des maîtres des ambiances dark et bosse régulièrement avec Tim Burton.
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Dark Shadows (2012)
the fabulous destiny of Amelie Poulain
Amelie Poulain’s Fabulous Destiny (2001)
Some films : Dark Shadows, Inside Llewyn Davis, Big Eyes, Miss Peregrine and Children Individuals …
Hoyte Van Hoytema (Netherlands / Sweden)
One of the most gifted of his generation and most courted in Hollywood. We owe him the dizzying “Interstellar” and the upcoming Christopher Nolan film planned for this summer ( “Dunkirk” ). Hoyte was also behind “Spectrum”, where he made the decision (in consultation with the director Sam Mendes) back to a movie on film and abandon the digital of “Skyfall” to regain the aura of James Bond movies .