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#1 Joe Taylor

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 12:30 PM

Looking for documentaries that have unusually high quality cinematography. Tow that come to mind right awa are "Fast, Cheap, and out of Control" with Robert Richardson, and "March of the Penquins."

Can you recommend others?
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#2 chris caliman

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 12:51 PM

hi, heres a link of my documentary i´ve shooted with a old arrisr1 16mm,BW

its a interesting small film with a own style...

i hope you liked it

"Thanatopraxie Der Letzte Weg"

11.Min, 16mm, 1:1.33, BW, 70MB., Good Quality

"Thanatopraxie The last Way"

Link : http://www.cinematog...showtopic=16786

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#3 Matt Irwin

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 01:38 PM

I thought "Fog of War" was very well shot. Lots of slick table-top, slow motion, and persicope shots. The interview with McNamara looks great as well, as interviews go.

"Winged Migration" falls along the same lines as "March of the Penguins" IMO. It put some friends of mine to sleep, but I thought the shooting was great.
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#4 chris caliman

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 02:02 PM

i would say "Africa Addio" is a really nice photographed documentary, its a very hard to see film, but with truly "technical" nice pictures. Directed by jacopetti and cavara. old but very interesting.
35mm, 1:2.35 :-)

and a other fantastic film with pictures i have never seen again,

"Le Sang des bêtes" (1949) by George Franju

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Edited by chriscaliman, 02 September 2006 - 02:03 PM.

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#5 Josh Bass

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 03:06 PM

Mr. Death.
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#6 chris caliman

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 03:26 PM

:-)

i have a third very good documentary

"Animal Love" by Ulrich Seidl 1996

very special and truly good

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#7 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 04:36 PM

Etre Et Avoir - is the first that jumps to mind.

I believe its shot on super 16.

The original segments for Capturing the Friedmans. - are quite nicely done.

If you have access to BBC documentries, some of them have been very nicely shot.
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#8 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 04:49 PM

Had a look at your documentry Chris Caliman, looked good - though perhaps its best to warn people of the explicit details they are about to see. I know you must have had to sit through it in real life, but I'm not sure if everybody can.

Edited by Andy_Alderslade, 02 September 2006 - 04:49 PM.

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#9 Andrew Wheeler

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 05:39 PM

I would say Baraka is basically a documentary and its beautiful. I think it was shot on 65mm.
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#10 Jaan Shenberger

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 07:06 PM

"dutch harbor: where the sea breaks its back"
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#11 Mike Williamson

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:57 PM

"Tokyo Olympiad" is pretty stunningly photographed, it's available on DVD from Criterion. There's some amazing anamorphic long lens work, the director talks about shooting with 1000mm and 1500mm lenses and the operating on the film is incredible. And thinking about the Olympics, Riefenstahl's "Olympia" is brilliant as well. I think most of the Maysles Bros. films are well shot, "Salesman" and "Gimme Shelter" come to mind. Some of the early verite stuff like "Primary" is great, Wiseman's "High School" also.
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#12 Jon-Hebert Barto

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 10:03 PM

Triumph Des Willens

(Documentary? Maybe not, but thats what it was made to "look" like. No less a Doc than many M. Moore films)

Still one of the best examples of telephoto lenswork ever! One of the best films ever, if you can overlook the whole Hitler thing... :)
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#13 Oscar Godfrey

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 04:51 AM

The BBCs recent nature series Planet Earth was very good as well as facinating.
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#14 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 05:14 AM

(Documentary? Maybe not, but thats what it was made to "look" like. No less a Doc than many M. Moore films)


Every documentry filmmaker I've met still regards a M. Moore film as a documentry, even if they don't approve of what he's doing.

Subjective or agitropic, it remains non-fiction.
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#15 chris caliman

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 06:50 AM

Etre Et Avoir - is the first that jumps to mind.

I believe its shot on super 16.

The original segments for Capturing the Friedmans. - are quite nicely done.

If you have access to BBC documentries, some of them have been very nicely shot.



hi "capturing the friedmans" is a good and nice film, i dont know but isn´t it a fake documentary?
its a little bit to perfect to be real...
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#16 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 07:38 AM

hi "capturing the friedmans" is a good and nice film, i dont know but isn´t it a fake documentary?
its a little bit to perfect to be real...
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Ha, I see what you mean, the gravity of the subject matter and the wealth of the material seems a little to good to be true.

However I seriously doubt that is anything but completly genuine
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#17 Ram Shani

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:15 AM

hi

not just mister death but all Errol Morris movies are great in cinematography

also" tokoy ga" by- venders
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#18 Ram Shani

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:26 AM

hi

not just Mr. death but all Errol Morris movies are great in cinematography

also" tokyo GA" by- venders

"persona non grate"- Oliver stone

"what the blip do we know" - movie that change the way i look at life and exposed me to quantum theory
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#19 Eric Steelberg ASC

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 11:16 AM

You chould check out the trailer for a documentary I did which has gotten great mention about the photography. Check out the trailer at ...www.ruralstudios.net

Let me know what you think after watching the trailer.
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#20 Joe Taylor

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 03:11 PM

Eric,

This is exactly what i was asking about. There are some fantastic images here. What did you shoot this film with? Excellent work. You should be proud.
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