There is no doubt 2007 was an extraordinary year for movies.
But a crucial part of what has made it such a rich year for visuals was the remarkable work of the Oscar nominated cinematographers: Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood, Michael Clayton), Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Seamus McGarvey (Atonement) and Janusz Kaminski (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly).
But there was also some truly brilliant work from the likes of Harris Savides (Zodiac), Martin Ruhe (Control), Eric Gautier (Into the Wild), Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Edward Lachman (I’m Not There) and Roderigo Prieto (Lust, Caution), to name just a few who made their mark this year.
My favourites include:
Jesse James (Brad Pitt) about to rob the train in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford:
Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) mining for silver in There Will Be Blood:
Drug dealers looking for their money in No Country for Old Men:
> American Cinematographer Magazine articles on Roger Deakins and Robert Elswit
> Movie Maker article on Janusz Kaminski’s work on The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
> Camera Guild article on Robert Elswit’s work on Michael Clayton
> Daily Film Dose with a post from last year on the greatest tracking shots in movie history