Oscars 2016: The Best Cinematography Frontrunners

The fantastic folks over at Indiewire have been putting together their list of predictions for the upcoming 88th annual Academy Awards, and as always competition is fierce. This year in one category in particular we’ve had some truly stunning entries: Best Cinematography. From the sweeping desert landscapes of Mad Max: Fury Road, to the cold and…

“A Boy’s Best Friend Is His Mother”

“It’s not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?” – Norman Bates

From Skull Island To The Shire: Andrew Lesnie (1956-2015)

Oscar winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has sadly passed away, aged 59. Lesnie’s frequent collaborator Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) led the tributes beautifully on his Facebook page, here is just a small snippet of his touching piece.

The Last Light Of Durin’s Day

“Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin’s Day will shine upon the key-hole.”

All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy

“Stanley Kubrick’s sole horror film, The Shining is governed by diabolical symmetry, formal as well as thematic.” – http://www.cinematheque.fr The Shining, shot by John Alcott. In response to The Daily Post Challenge – Symmetry.

Twas Beauty Killed The Beast

King Kong (1933), shot by Eddie Linden, Vernon Walker and J.O. Taylor. In response to the Daily Post Challenge: Scale.

Welcome To The Bates Motel

“I think I must have one of those faces you can’t help believing.” – Norman Bates. Psycho (1960), directed by Alfred Hitchcock, shot by John L. Russell. In response to the Daily Post challenge: Shadowed.

Iron Jim on Avatar

“It’s fine to say, ‘Hey, we did all this unprecedented stuff’, but you have to be willing to go through the painful steps of creating those things and going from an idea to a prototype to a production-ready toolset in a very, very rapid timeframe.” – James Cameron. Pioneer of visual effects technology, 3D cinematography,…

No Justice Without Sin

“My dad – I’d love him if I didn’t hate him! He spent a fortune hiring every expert on the planet to grow back that equipment you blew off between my legs! He succeeded, although, as you can see, there were some… side effects.” – Yellow Bastard. Sin City (2005), shot by Robert Rodriguez. Nancy, meet Yellow…