December 25, 2014

Looking Back at the Best Cinematography of 2014

2014 Cinematography Supercut
It's been one hell of a year for the craft of cinematography. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Jacob T. Swinney's subtle, well-executed supercut of a few of 2014's most memorable cinematographic moments.

There are some fairly obvious choices in this cut, like Hoyte Van Hoytema's gorgeous 70mm work on Interstellar and Emmanuel Lubezki's groundbreaking work on Birdman, for which he will almost certainly snag his second cinematography Oscar for in as many years. I mean seriously, how good is Chivo!?

Despite the obvious choices, however, there are a few films in this supercut that had absolutely wonderful cinematography that haven't received as much attention as they deserve. One of these films is the low-budget drama Locke, a film in which all 85-minute of screen time take place inside of a car. DP Haris Zambarloukos somehow managed to make this scenario beautiful and visually engaging with a number of creative camera angles and a masterful use of reflection. A few other underrated cinematography favorites from the year include the understated black and white photography of Ida and the stealthy, surreptitious camera work in Under the Skin.

Which films make your year-end list for best cinematography and why? Let us know down in the comments!     

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No Magic in the Moonlight? D:

December 25, 2014 at 1:01PM, Edited December 25, 1:01PM

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Andrew Abballe
Director of Photography
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What movie is that guy smashing his head into the mirror and the one the kid playing with the shopping cart.

December 26, 2014 at 1:01AM, Edited December 26, 1:01AM

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Jiravach V
Director
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Foxcatcher and Mommy

December 26, 2014 at 1:52AM, Edited December 26, 1:52AM

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Brooks Reynolds
Director/DOP
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Foxcatcher and Mommy

December 26, 2014 at 1:52AM

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Brooks Reynolds
Director/DOP
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smashing head is "foxcatcher" and shopping cart is "mommy"

December 26, 2014 at 12:21PM

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roger bacon
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Foxcatcher and Mommy

December 26, 2014 at 1:19PM

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Brooks Reynolds
Director/DOP
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The shopping cart scene is from a movie call Mommy from Xavier Dolan

December 26, 2014 at 3:18PM

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The movie with the shopping cart is called Mommy from Xavier Dolan

December 26, 2014 at 3:24PM

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That is Foxcatcher

December 26, 2014 at 4:13PM

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tunde ogundipe
Post Production Artist, VFX Generalist, Editor
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Foxcatcher

December 26, 2014 at 4:17PM

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tunde ogundipe
Post Production Artist, VFX Generalist, Editor
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Guy smashing his head into the mirror is Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher

December 26, 2014 at 7:24PM

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Robert Elswit- Nightcrawler/ Inherent Vice

December 27, 2014 at 12:56AM

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Vladimir F
Director/Writer
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I really hated Under the Skin. Everything about it was too hipster for me.

December 28, 2014 at 3:21AM

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Indeed, it was a great year. I cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring :)

December 29, 2014 at 10:29AM

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Kyle Dockum
Videographer and Editor
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I highly recommend Charlie's Country for cinematography this year. For me, 2013's big stand-out was the Conjuring. But this year, the simplicity, movement, honesty of Ian Jone's work is a perfect compliment to Rolf De-Heer's latest story, led by the brilliant David Gulpillil. De-Heer is never in a rush, and and I feel the DOP did so well with to shoot as to allow the thoughts of the characters to tell the story much of the time, even when they were doing very little externally.

January 7, 2015 at 6:36AM

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mathew Costin
Writer, Director, Actor
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Great to see Blue Ruin on here. I feel like a lot of people missed out on that film.

February 16, 2015 at 2:07PM

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Alex Keerma
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March 22, 2015 at 4:23PM

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Hi can you tell me which movie is 1:40?

October 30, 2015 at 5:17AM

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