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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Cinematographers
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2011, 04:55:41 PM »
I doubt there's a pre-Kung Fu Panda film that anyone would want to consider for the list anyway. If there is, they could always try to make a case for it.

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« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2011, 05:01:51 PM »
Finding Nemo looks pretty fantastic. But yeah, you're right.
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Cinematographers
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2011, 05:02:40 PM »
I meant in the context of Dreamworks. 

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Cinematographers
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2011, 05:36:37 PM »
Would there be an interest in doing something like this?

Back in June '09, I posted a poll asking people if they would be interested in such a list.  You can see the results and read about people's concerns back then here

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And a decent one (also a DVD) is:

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Cinematographers
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2011, 05:42:01 PM »
That would be like calling it the Top 100 Directions. It just sounds wrong to me for some reason.

We can model it after the Oscars' technical categories.  Call it something like Filmspotters' Favorite/Top Achievements in Cinematography.
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Cinematographers
« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2011, 05:52:53 PM »
The work required to consider such a list far exceeds my interest in cinematography. I prefer to look at films as whole entities rather than as a bundle of component elements. So lists like Film, Director (which I rated on filmography rather than "direction"), Animated and Doc are find but even with Performances I didn't put a lot of effort in.

But the components can't really be separated, really.  For example, cinematography can enhance performances which are expressions of the script and results of the director's vision and prompting.  Gordon Willis helped the characterization of Vito Corleone by overhead lighting that cast Brando's eyes in darkness which worked in conjunction with the makeup artist's effort and Brando's characterization of Puzo and Coppola's writing.  You can check the bonus feature on the Godfather set to hear what Willis was trying to express.

Cinematography has as much impact on story narration as the actual script and, say, the editing does such as framing to exclude/include things or highlight character relationships via the arrangement of actors to one another, etc.
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Cinematographers
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2011, 06:11:55 PM »
But the components can't really be separated, really.

Which is why I avoid doing so and try to just evaluate films as a whole entity and thus oppose this list.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Cinematographers
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2011, 07:48:04 PM »
Don't we have enough top lists?

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Cinematographers
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2011, 07:50:22 PM »
I would love to participate in this. Always trying to learn more about cinematography.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Cinematographers
« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2011, 02:45:05 AM »
But the components can't really be separated, really.

Which is why I avoid doing so and try to just evaluate films as a whole entity and thus oppose this list.

We're still looking at the film as whole, though.  Only thing is cinematography is foregrounded a little.  It's another perspective through which we evaluate the film as a whole because the film's content, themes, etc. is expressed/materialized through cinematography.
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