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Pondering a Solution to the "Did Avatar Deserve Best Cinematography" Debate


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#1 Brian Rose

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:15 PM

I think both sides have raised good points about Avatar's merit in the field of cinematography. On the one hand, there is merit to suggest that cinematography should invovle some real world contribution, real lighting and camerawork, rather than CG. Yet, there was most definitely artistry in the visuals of "Avatar." There is a question here that cannot be answered: "What is cinematography?"

So why not compromise? Remember, at one time there were separate awards for black-and-white and colour cinematography, because there was a recognized difference between the two mediums that was deemed worthy of distinction.

If indeed Avatar proves to be a trendsetter (as opposed to a one off that only spawns a small group of followers, like 3D), why not have separate awards? You could have one for Cinematography in a film comprised of less than XX percent CG, and for films comprising more than XX percent? This would resolve the debate, and open up new films (like some of Pixars recent efforts) that, while largely generated by computer, are still worthy of consideration for their visual choices and style.

Thoughts?

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:40 PM

FYI, in hindsight, I pasted this thread to the end of the main thread on the debate over Avatar. So any future posoters please go to that one

Oscar for Avatar's Cinematography

and please consider this thread dead. Mods feel free to delete it entirely.

Thanks,

BR

Edited by Brian Rose, 08 March 2010 - 02:44 PM.

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