Edited by James Steven Beverly, 24 July 2014 - 03:39 PM.
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10 films that can teach you everything you need to know about cinematography
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Posted 28 July 2014 - 12:02 PM
Good list. However, I've always said that there are only two real visually influential films one needs to see to be able to master composition:
Triumph Of The Will
Once Upon A Time In The West
All the film school one needs..
Posted 28 July 2014 - 01:22 PM
I would say that Leni Reifenstahl is 'good' for political/sports spectacle. But would probably not bet 'good' for small productions, unless one is shooting local sports.
As for 'Once Upon a Time in the West'(1968), better for 'general story telling', but still has some types of shots that are good for big story, and often the pace of the shot is more suited to 'full lenght feature' rather than 'short film'.
I don't know that there is any 'one or two' films that would comprise some criteria that is sufficient.
I'd say, watch as many movies as one can, and with Beta/VHS/DVD/HDDVD/BD media... everyone can have copies of significant films, and less than significant films, to review in detail.
Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:50 AM
I would have gone with:
Days Of Heaven (Best use of Natural light in cinematography)
Apacollypse Now Redux (Best use of cinematography to tell a story)
Lawrance Of Arabia (Best use of epic cinematic vistas)
Taxi Driver (Best use of camera movement in a crime drama)
The Maltese Falcon (Best Noir Cinematography)
Star Wars (Best minature cinematography)
Shane (Best Western cinematography)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Best color fantasy cinematography)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) (Best B&W fantasy cinematography)
There are more but I start with these.