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:
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.
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!