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#1 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 08:13 PM

Hi
not sure if this has been discussed yet?
but award season is coming up, and just wondering whats your favorite cinematography of 08?
heres my list so far
Wally Pfister-dark knight
Harris Savides-Milk
Anthony dodd mantle- Slum dog millionaire
Cesar charlone-Blindness
Claudio miranda- curious case of benjamin button

still alot of films I need to see,I really want to see deakins work in Revolutionary road and Doubt
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 08:28 PM

I've got at least another week of movie-going before I can draw up my list. I saw all of the films you listed except "Blindness" but I, as well, need to check out Deakin's work on "Revolutionary Road" and "Doubt", plus I probably should look at "The Reader" (Chris Menges with some Deakins work in there.)

I also want to rent the Blu-Ray of "The Duchess", which I missed in theaters.

Looking back at what I managed to see in the first half of the year, though, there wasn't a lot of exciting stuff, cinematography-wise. On the other hand, this was my busiest year to date, so I didn't get out as often as I normally do.
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 09:49 PM

I thought "The Duchess" was gorgeous with some very well done steadicam, you're in for a treat.

I too need to do some theatre hopping before I make up a list of favorites.
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#4 Daniel Katz

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 11:33 PM

Un conte de Noël ( A Christmas Tale ) by Eric Gautier was for me the stand out work in 2008. Very sophisticated and not only served the 'story' but elevated it immensely.
Honorable mention must go to Claudio Miranda for Benjamin Button which was really quite beautiful and iconic.

I have seen Doubt, Milk and Revolutionary Road, and while I hold both Deakin's and Savide's work in the highest regard I wouldn't put the images on display at the same level as the aforementioned films.
With that said it is purely academic to view the 'cinematography' of a film as if it existed in a vacuum, removed from the context of all the other elements that go into the production of a film. Deakins has done much more daring work on his previous films as has Savides. One needn't look any further than his previous collaborations with Gus Van Sant, Elephant, Gerry, Last Days to see this.

Låt den rätte komma in ( Let the right one in ) by Hoyte Van Hoytema also had hauntingly beautiful photography for anyone who hasn't seen it.
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 12:53 AM

The Duchess has very handsome cinematography.

IMO, this hasn't been a super great year for cinematography. Prieto and Beebe didn't even do movies. Lubezki shot a comedy.

I've not seen Revolutionary Road yet. Benjamin Buttons was quite good, but nothing super special in terms of cinematography, IMO.

Dark Knight might be the dark horse in this race. Usually action superhero flicks would be dismissed from this category, but there is no doubt that Knight was an impressive accomplishment, and ground-breaking in terms of its use of IMAX.
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:37 AM

Just got back from Doubt. Although the cinematography didn't jump out at you (isn't that a plus?), Deakins and his gaffer deserve the award for the "How the hell am I going to light these bonnets?". Though faces seems a bit hot at times, mostly there was really nice falloff creating a a niche for the characters to hide.
Just my take.

Still waiting for Duchess, Slumdog and Milk
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#7 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:55 AM

Seems this year is nothing like 1999 when the nominees were:
American Beauty - Conrad L. Hall
The End of the Affair - Roger Pratt
The Insider - Dante Spinotti
Sleepy Hollow - Emmanuel Lubezki
Snow Falling on Cedars - Robert Richardson
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#8 Tom Lowe

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 03:29 AM

Yeah that was a banner year.

Also, the year before that was SPR vs TTRL.

2005 saw some heavy hitters -- Pfister, Prieto, Elswit, Dion Beebe and Lubezki.

And look at 1984....

Amadeus -- Miroslav Ondricek
The Killing Fields -- Chris Menges
The Natural -- Caleb Deschanel
A Passage to India -- Ernest Day
The River -- Vilmos Zsigmond
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#9 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 05:23 PM

The cinematography in Blindness was amazing,but the movie was terrible:(
so Im sure cesar charlone will be overlooked,but I hope he gets nominated?
Also Batman begins was nominated for an oscar,and asc,so Im sure wally will get nomintaed again
I thought the Dark Knight beats the cinematography in batman begins
Im actually hoping Wally wins,not just because of the imax footage which is sooo sweet:) but mainly I think his lighting is just amazing..
As for benjammin button,I think that movie showed the best example how cinematography and production design really benefit each other.
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#10 Matthew Buick

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 06:00 PM

Anthony dodd mantle- Slum dog millionaire


You should see his work on 'Millions'. Terrific stuff, he should have been BAFTA nominated for it.
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#11 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 12:57 PM

The ASC awards for best feature cinematography where just announced
looks Like Deakins has 2 nomination AGAIN this year, but he shares it with Chris menges

Dark knight-Wally phister
revolutionary road- roger deakins
The Reader -Roger deakins/Chris menges
Slum dog millionaire-Anthony dodd mantle
Curious case of benjamin button- Claudio Miranda

Im really looking forward to seeing revolutionary road,but my favorite so far this year is still Wally Phisters work in the dark knight
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#12 Serge Teulon

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 01:14 PM

I haven't seen the film but I must say that I'm not sure whether Deakins' or Menges' work on The reader should be up for nomination.
Deakins did the first 5 weeks and then the rest was Menges.

Edited by Serge Teulon, 07 January 2009 - 01:16 PM.

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#13 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 01:44 PM

I haven't seen the film but I must say that I'm not sure whether Deakins' or Menges' work on The reader should be up for nomination.
Deakins did the first 5 weeks and then the rest was Menges.



I agree,at least from watching the Trailer.
it doesnt look like there best work, Id prefer if Milk or Blindness was in its place...oh well
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#14 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:04 PM

The list I sent in for ASC award consideration was the same as the final announced, except I had "The Duchess" in place of "The Reader" -- but then, I haven't seen "The Reader" yet. But "The Duchess" was gorgeous.
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#15 Tim Partridge

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:49 PM

No Quantum of Solace?
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#16 Matthew Buick

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:53 PM

I hope Anthony Dod Mantle wins. Slum Dog Millionaire looked fantastic!
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#17 Gus Sacks

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:53 PM

I agree,at least from watching the Trailer.


I don't know. I kinda dug the look of the trailer. Might encourage me to see it.
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 03:43 AM

I saw The Reader and thought it was wonderfully shot. Great textures in the lighting that felt in touch with the arch of all the emotions (i.e.: scene in the church?...and also during the Fiennes modern day scenes?), with deliberate but subtle camerawork. All around very elegant.

The Dark Knight
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire
The Reader
Wall-E
The Duchess
Rachel Getting Married
Let The Right One In
The Fall
Hunger
and maybe Defiance all were some of my favorite work of the year.

Edited by Richard Vialet, 08 January 2009 - 03:46 AM.

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#19 Gus Sacks

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 09:42 AM

The Fall


Yeah, true. I think one Critics circle bit on The Fall, but very few else.
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#20 Tom Lowe

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:27 PM

The trailer for The Reader looks marvelous. I really need to see it.

Hahaha.. Deakins once again with the double nomination! Impressive! :lol:
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