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#1 Albion Hockney

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 05:02 PM

I just saw Selma the other day and was curious others opinions. Bradford Young's work I found super daring for a commercial film like Selma. One scene in particular in a jail cell was so dark you were just making out the outlines of faces...but remarkably beautiful.

 

He also shot on vintage anamorphic on wide stops the whole time.You could see aberration's and the focus softening into the edges of the frames. It really sold well for the period feel even though it was shot on Alexa.

 

Another thing to note was the camera moves, Very subtle and beautiful. So often camera moves feel forced to me and way too grandiose but Young seemed to handle them very delicately.

 

 

I generally have harsh words to say about commercial period films cinematography, but this film I felt handled its subject matter very honestly and was a pleasure to watch.


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#2 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 06:19 PM

Another thing to note was the camera moves, Very subtle and beautiful. So often camera moves feel forced to me and way too grandiose but Young seemed to handle them very delicately.

 

Good to know.  I'll take a look, now.  I loved his work on Ain't Them Bodies Saints.


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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 07:04 PM

Also check out "A Most Violent Year".


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#4 Albion Hockney

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 11:57 AM

Yes! "A Most Violent Year" is fantastic. It feels like a modern rebirth of Willis's work on "Godfather".


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