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TechNoir wrote:

I can enjoy teal and orange if it is largely practical lighting to create that look. The worst atrocities are the ones where they've gone so overboard that the sky is almost puke-green. It literally makes me slightly nauseous, I don't know what it is but it repulses me.

Then there's David Fincher urine-yellow (just about everything he does), James Cameron blue (as in Aliens) and Michael Mann even-bluer (as in Heat).

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And just like that...

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Empire of the Sun has some stunning work (I'd consider this to be Spielberg's best movie alongside Raiders).

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The reveal of the plane I always remember fondly, just a simple dolly shot.
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And who can forget the attack on the camp, with Jamie on the roof of the building yelling out in exhilaration and then the slo-mo of the pilot waving back at him?

There's a shot at 1:09 here which is just mindboggling, a perfectly timed pan with a fast flying plane to line up with a fantastic building filling the frame shot. They make it look so easy!

Possibly one of the most effective and powerful over the shoulder shots ever.
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And there's a really effective scene in Empire of the Sun where Jamie (Christian Bale) watches a ship in the harbour from his hotel room. There's a loud crack and flash and Jamie falls backwards onto the floor and as he's lying there in shock his father comes in and tells him to get changed except the father appears reflected in the mirror which (I think) has been knocked over. It's such a wonderfully simple and effective set up.

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I need to watch Empire Of The Sun it seems. smile


To add another example of camerawork, combined with editing and visual effects.
A probably little known film called Death Machine (by Blade-director Stephen Norrington, 1995).

One of the best chase sequences ever made in my opinion:

http://youtu.be/nNRwoRiHxDU?t=33m32s

It is about a 7-8 minute sequence from the timecode above. Watch the entire thing, and tell me you don't get atleast some panic by the filming, sound design and editing. Brad Dourif is just a bonus.

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I remembered this, it's a longer sequence from Final Destination 2. I just love how everything here is shot and edited, and the absence of music through most of it I really like. The sound design and mixing is superb, and overally this is really great filmmaking. Complete lack of realism and general quality of the movie aside. smile
Also note the complete lack of shit color grading and a sky that looks blue. Can't believe that is worth pointing out nowadays.



EDIT: As it turns out, director David R. Ellis passed away early this year. Bummer, most of his stuff that I've seen I liked atleast from a gilty-pleasure entertainment point of view.

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Stanley Kubrick at his best!

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The War of the Worlds van scene...

And just like that...

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Wow. I had no memory of this. That's badass. It looks like they used the cars passing in front of the camera to switch between shots of the car on the actual road and the actors in front of a green matte. It's seamless, though.

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Yeah, that scene was great. Great contribution, was a long time since I saw WOTW and forgot this existed. smile

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That scene reminds me of another one from a movie Down in Front has already covered, Children of Men. I think it deserves to be in this thread anyway.

I love this movie so much. The filmmaking is brilliant, and the following scene is what I consider one of the greatest uses of VFX. The film uses very long takes throughout multiple locations and actions, usually shot in different takes combined into one.

The car scene is brilliant. Shot with the camera inside the car, it puts us with the characters in the action itself. Being one seamless shot adds to the tension and that plus the absence of music makes us feel we're witnessing something real.

Warning: contains spoilers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga_r6AGZ2eU

I believe this is the best example, but the film does it quite often, the opening itself using this technique to combine multiple takes and allowing more possibilities (i.e. the explosion).

I recently got the Blu-Ray, it features making-of bonuses I haven't checked out yet but definitely will.

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Saniss wrote:

That scene reminds me of another one from a movie Down in Front has already covered, Children of Men. I think it deserve to be in this thread anyway.

They've covered War of the Worlds too, pretty sure they talk about that scene in their comm smile

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The 360 shot reminded me of this part in Stargate: SG-1 episode "The Warrior." The whole scene is pretty epic but if you want the sexy shot go to 23 second mark.

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Aaah, it's been a while since I watched some SG-1. Feels good.

Awesome scene.

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BigDamnArtist wrote:

Aaah, it's been a while since I watched some SG-1. Feels good.

Awesome scene.

If I can find it, I will post the behinds the scenes of the rig they built to achieve it. It is pretty impressive set up

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Then there's the fancy bullet-time 180 degree camera move tracking an explosion in Swordfish. Here it is in HD...

And just like that...

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I always loved that shot. Slow motion makes anything cool.

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. - Carl Sagan

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redxavier wrote:

Slow motion makes anything cool.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/103dc8 … low-motion

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redxavier wrote:

Slow motion makes anything cool.

'specially when you're nonchalantly walking away from a 'splosion....

And just like that...

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Almost at the other end of the scale from the preposterously showy Swordfish shot is the almost too-subtle-to-notice shot showing you the outside of the TARDIS with nothing behind it, which then seamlessly follows the Doctor in and up to the console:

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Thread resurrection:

Just saw "The Fall" from 2006. Liked the story, loved the visuals and cinematography. Shot in over 20 countries in 4 years, there is some spectacular attention to detail in design and execution here.


1. A sequence of dancers beautifully shot, and the transition from the bad guys face to the desert is pretty mindblowing if it is practical, not to mention the one long shot that goes from static landscape to moving in on the actors, not sure how they moved that camera.

http://youtu.be/SbzNrThw_gA?t=1h10m27s


2. This sequence is mindblowingly good, everything about this, the individual things and the way they are edited together is just superb, it flashes to various aspects of the plot discussed earlier in the movie, in contaxt it is quite powerful but just from the camerawork, lighting and editing aspect it is excellent and riveting.

http://youtu.be/SbzNrThw_gA?t=1h23m39s


3. The intro sequence. It won't make much sense, but it is pretty.

http://youtu.be/SbzNrThw_gA?t=10s




EDIT: Also some bonus stuff:

Fast Five. The best action scenes I've seen in years, not necessarily mindblowing, but classy and oh so well edited and choreographed. Whatever CGI there is they hid well.
Just the end of a great sequence:

Train Rescue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCh-HA6p … 89959357B6




Also this one EVERYONE has seen, but the intro to Dark Knight Rises (like The Dark Knight equivalent with the Jokers bank robbery) needs to be here. I can't really stand too much of Hans Zimmers music as it is composed for the Batman movies, but the Bane theme and chant for this sequence is awesome.
Also the sound design here is pretty spectacular great, the planes in particular. The IMAX cameras and shooting on film also gives this sequence a unique aspect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNUSDu-Tehg

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The sky-house in Oblivion, shot by Claudio Miranda (who won the Best Cinematography for Life of Pi) on a 4K Sony F65 is worth taking a look at.

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18lcsh9fzrnewjpg/original.jpg

And just like that...

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Bump for funsies.

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It's hard to find still frames of it in Google for some reason, but The New World, especially the extended cut, is probably the most beautiful thing ever put to film. It's one of those movies that feels like its own entire universe.

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http://moviemezzanine.com/wp-content/uploads/new-world-9.jpg

(The trailer is pretty misleading re: tone but is also some of the only decent HD footage of the film available on YouTube).

It goes without saying that Malick is one of the most visually dazzling directors of all time, but The New World (the extended cut in particular) is his unsung masterpiece. It's this incredibly vast, intimate, oneiric elegy for all that's good in the human spirit, and its images have stayed burned into my brain ever since I saw it. The Tree of Life is grander and more immediately breathtaking but this one is just a perfect jewel.

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Also, for the month of October: The Babadook deserves all the credit it gets as one of the most powerful horror films of the century, but one place it deserves even more credit is its cinematography. It's this terrifyingly beautiful German impressionist charcoal sketch of a film, and its almost nonexistent budget makes that even more impressive. The framing, the colors, the lighting—everything is calculated to utter perfection.

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I watched the Babadook.
It should also be mentioned that me and horror flicks don't get along. It's not that I'm frightened, I just simply can't put my state of mind in that place. All horror movies, for me, are just silly. I know nothing like that could ever happen, because they're mostly based around the world we already live in, which makes them all impossible, and IMO, dumb.

Sure, I get startled by jump scares every now and then, but apart from that, and perhaps Cabin in the Woords, I'm not watching them. Apart from IT, which I'll get around too, because apparently that thing is the stuff of legends.


//disclaimer: I like sci-fi, fantasy and the likes, because they already set the stage by telling us their worlds.

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Tomahawk wrote:

I watched the Babadook.
It should also be mentioned that me and horror flicks don't get along. It's not that I'm frightened, I just simply can't put my state of mind in that place. All horror movies, for me, are just silly. I know nothing like that could ever happen, because they're mostly based around the world we already live in, which makes them all impossible, and IMO, dumb.

Don't want to derail the thread too much but just wanna say that that's basically the whole reason horror works as a thing, philosophically. Supernatural horror is about the unique existential terror that comes when something that we know cannot happen in a rational universe happens anyway. It's a rape of the logical by the magical, and it taps into the deep fear that the universe isn't what we think it is.

Tomahawk wrote:

//disclaimer: I like sci-fi, fantasy and the likes, because they already set the stage by telling us their worlds.

I'm not clear on this distinction. SF often has exactly the same quality that you find silly in horror—something that's impossible happens in a world that's otherwise our own.

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Another unsung masterpiece: Inherent Vice is PTA's best film and also his most beautiful (although The Master comes damn close). The stuff it does with light and color is the perfect glaze on top of a film that's already a hazy, ghostly dream.

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