Watch: The Best Cinematography of 2015 According to Fandor

2015 has been quite a year for film, especially when it comes to cinematography.

Fandor has put together a mashup of what they consider the best cinematography of 2015, which includes work from DPs like Roger Deakins, Reed Morano, and Charlotte Bruus Christensen. Check it out below:

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One word that comes to mind when watching Fandor's video is "diversity". You've got the usual suspects (Oscar winners), like Deakins and Chivo Lubezki, but you've also got Mike Gioulakis and Adam Arkapaw, who have demonstrated their talent with Camp X-Ray and Snowtown respectively, but have yet to be recognized by the Academy. 

You've also got a range of genres, including horror film It Follows, Shakespearian war drama Macbeth, and comedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. Furthermore, there are Hollywood tentpoles, like Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, box office record breakers like 50 Shades of Grey, and "small" indie films that poked their head out at Sundance and got a ton of attention, like Tangerine.

'Macbeth' (2015)

And that's another noteworthy piece of diversity -- the range of technology used to capture these films. Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight was shot, as you might expect, using 35mm film cameras (Panavision Panaflex System 65 & 65 HR), while Todd Haynes' Carol used 16mm (Arriflex 416). Of course, plenty of films were shot on digital cameras -- the majority of them on the ARRI Alexa, but one was captured with the RED Epic, as well as the Dragon. Ex Machina even utilized a GoPro Hero 3 Black for a few shots, but perhaps the most interesting camera choice goes to Tangerine, which was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s.

What do you think of Fandor's top picks for 2015? Which films do you think had the best cinematography this year? Let us know in the comments below!     

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It's honestly very disappointing. Editing is pretty bad & clip is way too short. I didn't enjoy it at all.

December 18, 2015 at 2:28AM

Andy Tokarski
Director, Editor, Colorist


December 18, 2015 at 6:35AM

Gleb Volkov
Director of Photography

How did interstellar and sharknado not make this list?

December 18, 2015 at 8:40AM


haha sharknado - that was a 2013 "film" !!!

Interstellar was released in 2014.

BUT, why is FSOG listed?

I saw it on a 4K screen in the theater and thought it was badly composed,
so much so I found it constantly distracting from the narrative...
which may have been a good thing...
and perhaps the reason it's in this list.

December 18, 2015 at 8:00PM, Edited December 18, 8:05PM

Daniel Reed
Hat Collector

I think maybe Fandors doorwell went or they had a latte getting cold.
This was rushed, and it felt like little-no thought when into it.

I would only say (IMO) 50% of these shots deserved to be in the best cinematography of 2015.

December 18, 2015 at 9:57AM


What the... what was that supposed to be? Frak 'in lame.

December 18, 2015 at 4:31PM, Edited December 18, 4:38PM

VFX Colorist

Makes me happy It Follows is included. The cinematography for this movie blew me away. Have watched this movie 5 times this year. Probably watch it 5 times next year. Cinematography perfection.

December 24, 2015 at 2:04PM

James Manson

Well, I actually just signed up so I can comment and let you know that there's a glaring flub here in saying that "The Hateful Eight" was shot with 35mm cameras. Please fix that to 65mm cameras, don't want anyone getting wrong idea. THANKS!!!

December 27, 2015 at 7:43PM

Sheldon Walker
Director of Photography