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Tom Lowe
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Much of Conrad Hall's work still captivates me and like many I wish he was still alive today.

 

As far as the living goes, I've only seen one of his movies but I still wouldn't mind apprenticing Steve Yeldin after his work on Brick. I'm a bit ashamed I haven't had a chance yet to see more of his films but I'm sure that will change soon.

 

Michael Ballhaus is another favored DP I'd like to be under the wing of. He's got a bit of a widespread track record and I suppose I'm biased cause I love Scorsese films.

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I would definitely say Dariuz Wolski, or Janus Kaminski , o Emanuel Lubeski these guys lighting and use of camera is very creative. Would love to have that input into my formation. And if Conrad Hall would be alive that would be an other kind of learning from a master.

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If he were still alive it would be easily be Conrad Hall, but since that's not the question I'd say Darius Khondji, or Andrew Lesnie, or Roger Deakins, or Dick Pope, possibly more. This is a tough one to narrow down to just one!

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Hello Tom,

I would have liked to have worked on the "North Fork" set with David Mullen ASC,James Woods and Nick Nolte. I

would have loved to be able to light those characters. I still consider "North Fork" to be my yardstick for beautiful

photography/cinematography. There is one scene with Nick Nolte(he's lit by a practical) that is my favorite,prob-

ably because to me it is a cinematography portrait. The master shots in this film are just so beautiful and I would

have liked to have been with David Mullen to see and hear what he was visualizing and thinking. To see how he

framed his shots and what lenses were used. I love glass,light,film and how they intertwine,interlace. We are so

lucky to have him as a cinematographer on the forum that we can often reach out to. My other choice would have

been that of Conrad Hall ASC and may god bless him. I think the scene with Nick Nolte(priest,practical light) is a

beautiful one of a kind,classic scene. Light,glass,filmstock,craft,art,painting with light.

 

Greg Gross

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Hi everybody, I´m new to this forum, so cheers to You all !

 

I would definetely say Bruno Delbonnel.

 

He studied philosophy before cinematography, and seeks his inspiration in the fine arts, reading sheet music, since there is a strong sence of poetic structure in sheet music, which goes well with the art of cinematography, the sence of rhytm in the flow of the images.

He is also a magician in terms of the amount of freedom of thought he applies to his technical understanding.

He is truly an uncompromising artist and very experienced craftsman.

 

So if I were to start all over again, (which is something one needs to do again and again I believe) I would bow to Mr Delbonnel.

But there are so many other great and inspiring cinematographers in the history of cinematography worth a kneepad or two.

 

Lars Beyer

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Hi there..

 

I love the work of Rodrigo Prieto and Steven Soderbergh.. they work in his films with a light which become a natural light.. and they have an incredible eye to frame in the correct way and show you the right action handholding the camera..

 

So, I've working with both and they are amazings!!.

 

Thanks!

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As someone just starting out, I’d say that Roger Deakins and Janusz Kaminski would be the two guys that I’d most like to learn from. However, off the top of my head, it’d also be very nice to work with and learn from Robert Yeoman, Slawomir Idziak, Lance Acord, and Brian Tufano. ;)

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If I had to choose then I'd go with Wally Pfister, the relationship him and Christopher Nolan has is amazing. The two produce such great results, plus there was an awesome photo of him in American Cinematographer not too long ago.

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