Cinematography

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Here at the SDF we teach all aspects of filmmaking. From start to finish we believe every aspect is equally important.

I’ve decided to spend some time exploring different aspects of what makes up the films I love.

This week I explored cinematography.

It’s hard to define Cinematography because it seems to be based mostly on the viewers individual opinions and tastes. The website Fandor’s criteria make the most sense to me when evaluating cinematography. They break it down to 3 categories: Technical Mastery, Originality and Innovation, and Artistry and Vision.

Technical Mastery

Full command or understanding of the subject.”

Originality

The ability to think independently and creatively”

Artistry

The creative skill”

For fun I thought I would rate five films I love with Fandors method on a 1(least) to 5(most impressive) scale

Gravity

(Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki A.S.C.)

Technical:5

Originality:4

Artistry:5

12 Years a Slave

(Cinematographer:Sean Bobbitt B.S.C.)

Technical:4

Originality:3

Artistry:5

Iron Man 3

(Cinematographer: John Toll A.S.C.)

Technical:4

Originality:3

Artistry:3

The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

(Cinematographer: Roger Deakins A.S.C. B.S.C.)

Technical:5

Originality:3

Artistry:4

Bourne Supremacy

(Cinematographer:Oliver Wood)

Technical:4

Originality:4

Artistry:4

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