Cinematographers — or ‘directors of photography’, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing — have been the unsung heroes of cinema since the year dot. If the writer is a movie’s synapses and the director is its heart, the DP is the eyes. Manipulating light, depth and perspective to elevate even the most simple stories into things of beauty, they are often filmmaking’s unsung heroes. Gregg Toland, Freddie Young, Jack Cardiff, Vittorio Storaro, Conrad Hall, Jordan Cronenweth, Christopher Doyle, Roger Deakins… the roll call of greats is glorious. To celebrate their achievements and demystify their work, Empire’s Film Studies 101 asked 21 of cinema’s top DPs to pick a moment in the history of the art that has inspired and moved them. Empire is proud to share their selections with you. —Top cinematographers reveal their favourite movie moments: 21 DPs pick the shots that inspire them
Required viewing: 110 of the world’s top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do. Cinematographer Style is about the Art and Craft of Cinematography. It is about how everything, from life experiences to technology, influences and shapes an individual’s visual style. Because of the powerful impact that the visual style of a movie can have, this documentary may offer contemporaries valuable insights into the dramatic choices Cinematographers make. And, it is expected that the material will have significant historic value as well.
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