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#1 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 06:01 PM

http://www.buzzfeed....qpgp#.yxMpWx3xV

 

Some odd choices in the sense that I would have picked a different image from some of the movies, but they are all interesting and inspirational.  I wish it were a little more spread out over cinematic history, less weighted to modern films.  Perhaps I should go through my DVD and Blu-Ray collection someday and pull up my favorite 100 images...


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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 09:52 PM

I think we'd all be interested in your top 100 David.


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#3 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 10:27 PM

A great cinematography reference book heavily weighted toward the first 50 years is:

http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/0810943859

I think it's a must own, I love flipping through it and imagining what these old films look like in their entirety, I've only seen a small portion of them.
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#4 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 10:33 PM

http://www.buzzfeed....qpgp#.yxMpWx3xV

 

Some odd choices in the sense that I would have picked a different image from some of the movies, but they are all interesting and inspirational.  I wish it were a little more spread out over cinematic history, less weighted to modern films.  Perhaps I should go through my DVD and Blu-Ray collection someday and pull up my favorite 100 images...

 

My friend just sent this to me last night.  Pretty good list, all the same.


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Posted 07 August 2015 - 04:20 PM

I'm surprised you guys liked it; it seemed low-effort, to me (anyone else notice that the "Boyhood" image was in the wrong aspect ratio?).


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Posted 07 August 2015 - 08:55 PM

I find the lack of Gordon Willis...disturbing. Please tell me if there actually are Gordon Willis shots that I missed.

I'm surprised you guys liked it; it seemed low-effort, to me (anyone else notice that the "Boyhood" image was in the wrong aspect ratio?).

For some reason all the 1.85 shots seem to in 2:1, except for "Boyhood" which was in 2.35. I actually watched "Boyhood" here in Event Cinemas in Sydney and for some reason it was cropped to 2.35. It actually looked alright, except sometimes the vertical framing was very compromised.

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#7 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 09:29 PM

What!.. no G Willis..   why was this guy so under rated.. no Oscar.. well for a specific film anyway.. the clearest sign that DP Oscars can be so wrong.. 


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Posted 08 August 2015 - 01:01 PM

For some reason all the 1.85 shots seem to in 2:1...

 

Ha! They are!

 

Re: Willis, I'd've included something from "Stardust Memories." That film deserves more attention.


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#9 Alexandros Angelopoulos Apostolos

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 02:24 PM

Perhaps I should go through my DVD and Blu-Ray collection someday and pull up my favorite 100 images...

 

I think we'd all be interested in your top 100 David.

 

I’d love to see it as well.


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 06:50 PM

I would love to know who compiled this list. Of course everyone is going to have different opinions, but some of the picks were....unworthy of being there. Shawn of the dead, what's so spectacular about that?? Lost in translation?? The Wrestler?? The first 30 or so. I buy, but then it starts to be.... so what? what is so special? David, some of your shots on Northfork deserve to be there. You were correct  that a different shot of certain movies might have been a better choice. 


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 06:52 PM

Great to see Terrance Malick and Stanley Kubrick well represented.


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#12 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 09:24 PM

Just bothered to have another look at this list..  and yes have to say.. some very odd choices.. some very nondescript shots.. from good films mostly.. I know its a personal choice.. but some are a very odd choice..  you could randomly hit pause on those films and probably get a better shot..  

 

Didnt see any shot from The Godfather either.. or did I miss it..  that absence would render the whole list as bogus..


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#13 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 12:02 AM

You're right, in fact there is nothing shot by Gordon Willis in there at all...


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Posted 05 June 2016 - 12:53 AM

Well each to their own.. but when you have a list of the best the best 129 shots from movies.. and not ONE by Gordon Willis.. something is very amiss .. thats like list of best painted ceilings but no Sistine  Chapel..

 

Why was Gordon Willis so under rated.. no Oscar for an actual film.. it just beggars belief ... 


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#15 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 10:37 AM

Well I think the creator of that list was picking single shots out of movies, not looking at the entire film's content.

I think Gordon Willis was underrated because his style wasn't over the top, it was very natural and realistic, not purposely flattering of the actors or sets. It's usually the stand out performances which people win awards for.

I look at Roger Deakins work... a man who should have won at least 5 oscars now and I see so many parallels with Willis.
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#16 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 06:34 PM

Hi Tyler

 

Yes I see the single shot thing.. but still think some of those Brando shots in Godfather should have got a nod.. that was pretty ground breaking for the day and quite iconic now.. 

 

Totally agree re Roger Deakins.. and have thought the same myself.. their character seems quite similar too from what I have read.. they just do the job without alot of fuss and go home.. 


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