Deconstructing Amelie

Amélie is one of my favorite films. I remember when I saw it for the first time. I watched it on a laptop while sitting in an armchair at my parents house. I had borrowed the DVD from the apprentice of a local potter who’s name escapes me now.

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The Cinematography of “The Double Life of Veronique” (1991)

The Cinematography of “The Double Life of Veronique” (1991)
Cinematographer: Slawomir Idziak
Nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival

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The Man Who Wasn’t There B&W/Color Comparison

If you are a reader of my blog you may know that one of my favorite cinematographers is Roger Deakins. He has shot some of my all time favorite movies. One of the films he shot for the Coen Brothers was “The Man Who Wasn’t There”. It is a black and white film but it was actually shot in color and then converted to black and white in post production to retain more control over the process. Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” was also shot in the same way.

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Roger Deakins on Avatar’s 2009 Oscar for Best Cinematography

So Avatar won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Cinematography. It was a beautiful film; no doubt about that. However, I feel as a film that was mostly digital it isn’t really fair to pit it against a bunch of live action films. Both of them take skill to make, but you can make images in a computer that you just can’t make in real life. You can put lights places you can’t put them in real life. You can place the camera anywhere and have it move anywhere at any speed; have the focal length change to whatever you want it to be at the touch of a button. You can do virtually anything with digitally created lights and cameras without costing the production any more money. One light in a digital scene won’t cost any more than an array of 10,000 lights. Again, I’m not knocking the cinematography in this film. But I feel like the deck is stacked against live action since they have the constraints of space, money, camera size and weight, etc. to contend with.

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Michael Bay Movies – Visual Style

Lets do a quick review of the imagery in Michael Bay’s movies and music videos.
A special prize to anyone who can spot a pattern here.
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