There was a category for black and white, and one for color.
Today, there seems to be another dichotomy which is being created -
cinematography which is primarily driven with Arri or Panavision
cameras, conventional Tungsten and HMI lighting; and on the other hand
cinematography which is the result of a building full of digital artists
manipulating images with Maya, Flint and other animation, compositing,
and rotoscoping software. (Not to mention render farms ...)
Tonight, I watched a visually stunning film win Best Cinematography;
a film DP'ed by the immensely talented Wally Pfister.
I also watched one of the most talented DP's in the business (Roger Deakins)
lose out again for his incredible work on TRUE GRIT. I will watch this
film many more times to study the stunning night cinematography and period
lighting which Mr. Deakins consistently conceives with rare genius.
Roger Deakins has been passed over too many times now for too many years.
One year he split the vote between himself, as he had two pictures nominated.
Might it be time to recognize the difference between computer generated
visual imaging and conventional cinematography?
Roger Deakins is one of our most gifted artists, a member of the BSC
and the ASC, and I think we owe his work a little more recognition.
Just my two cents worth....
DP and Camera Assistant
Little Rock/Los Angeles
Edited by Jerry Murrel, 28 February 2011 - 01:04 AM.