Thursday, December 01, 2011

Best Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael, 'The Ides of March'

Best Cinematography: 'The Ides of March', shot by Phedon Papamichael.

I like this. Papamichael was also the DP for 'Walk the Line', 'Sideways', and '3:10 to Yuma', which all have a relaxed expression. They breathe. In each there's little sense of camera or photographic technique. This is especially true for '3:10 to Yuma'. The POV is always just so. You observe action as you would if you were tagging along. The camera never draws attention to itself or even, it would seem, acknowledges it's there at all. As if the movie was recorded by an invisible observer, rather than a huge unwieldy mechanical rig surrounded by crew and technicians.

Papamichael is directing 'Lost Angeles'. IMDb lists the synopsis:

A homeless convict is released from jail and comes to Los Angeles where he passes himself off as a legitimate photographer and becomes embroiled in a world of celebrity and sleaze.

That's got potential.

At any rate the imagery in this poster is pretty nice. Perfect framing, a good capture.

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