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If you could create a large format coffee table book of your favorite single frames of film from any movie, what would your top 10 be and why? Or, to put it another way, which frames would you blow up and print and decorate your walls with?

 

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Chris

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BarryLyndonDuel.jpg

 

Funny enough I actually will soon have this as a painting in my living room. My girlfriend did a rendering of it as a "negative," while she's away in Rome. So once she gets back, up on the wall it goes.

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He said 1 David! :lol:

 

He also said "top 10"...

 

You have to remember, I'm the guy who has his list of favorite movies broken down by decade, I could never limit myself to a list shorter than about fifty to one hundred! If I had to pick one image, it would only be my favorite for that moment, five minutes later I'd pick something else.

 

I'd also have to toss in:

 

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superman24.jpg

 

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Here's mine. I'm posting them in links below. I like these cause they were, especially the older ones, the films that inspired me and made it clear to me that I wanted to be a DP. Enjoy, and if you haven't seen some of these films I highly recommend them

 

"Rear Window"

http://thisdistractedglobe.com/wp-content/...w%20pic%202.jpg

 

"Lawrence of Arabia"

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_TJH2cjOP7JU/RzhA7ZBG...e-of-Arabia.jpg

 

"Rebecca"

http://www.womenonscreen.com/images/danver...-to-suicide.jpg

 

"Vertigo" (but if these frames were of him walking down the steeple steps it would be better)

http://www.in70mm.com/newsletter/1996/46/v...ges/vertigo.jpg

 

"Pan's Labyrinth"

http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/pan.jpg

 

"The Assassination of Jesse James"

http://jacobdestree.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/32696288.jpg

 

"Letters From Iwo Jima"

http://static.amctv.com/img/movienights/pr..._main_image.jpg

 

"The Prestige"

http://www.reelingreviews.com/theprestigepic.jpg

 

"The Godfather" (of course)

http://basetta.pupazzo.org/site_media/postings/godfather.jpg

 

"The Dark Knight"

http://z.about.com/d/comicbooks/1/7/M/U/joker.jpg

 

 

But that's only a few of my favorite stills, I have much much more.

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You have to remember, I'm the guy who has his list of favorite movies broken down by decade, I could never limit myself to a list shorter than about fifty to one hundred! If I had to pick one image, it would only be my favorite for that moment, five minutes later I'd pick something else.

 

 

Yeah I totally agree David, I myself have sooooo many favorites ranging from the 30's up to today that I love just as much as my next favorite. It's like asking someone to pick they're favorite film of all time or favorite lighting in a film. It's impossible, cause there are so many and all of them differ. So good point!

Edited by John Allen

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Okay here's ONE of mine:

 

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And now I'm moving this thread out of the "Cinematographers" forum...

 

damn, that is nice. what is that from?

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damn, that is nice. what is that from?

 

 

That's from "Seven." I was just thinking about a very similar shot from "Zodiac," another David Fincher movie. Very cool.

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A good deal of Barry Lyndon was only with candles, utilizing re-housed (from nasa) F.7 lenses. Whether that scene was only candle-light I'm not sure; but I suspect it is.

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IIRC every shot with candles in shot was lit by candlelight only, but there were hundreds of them, mostly out of shot. White's the manufacturers got the largest order in its history. There's plenty of info out there, but in short Kubrick's BNC was modified to take a f0.7 made for the space programme by removing the variable shutter and machining out the mount. No 500T for John Alcott.

I remember using some Fuji A250 at college; not using '47 was a big deal in 1980 or'81.

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It was 5254 used for " Barry Lyndon " pushed a stop for the candle lit scenes . No. 85 used on daylight scenes corrected at timing .

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... but there were hundreds of them, mostly out of shot.

 

That fits. I guess if it was only the candles actually in the shot the light would be a lot more spotty and flickery.

 

I did find quite a bit of info on Barry Lyndon's candlight shots on the web but most of it amounted to "Wow! He had a really fast custom lens from NASA!" as if that would somehow account for the look on its own.

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This is an excellent thread by the way. It's a shame many of the basic functions I'd expect are limited here, but I'll make several posts to get around the image limit.

 

These are just some of the films I happen to have handy at the moment. I can't be precise about particular shots either cos I'm basically using Windows Media Player to do this. And out of hundreds of films naturally I could be doing this all day, but here are some shots that I remember stopping starting stopping starting and thinking hard over in the not too distant past, at random really :

 

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A lot of these, such as the above I would have done slightly differently. An example would be how my preference would have been to be much further in on this woman and utilise the lines set up ready for me; to take away some of the confusion so to speak. Something approximate to this :

 

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The way the shot has been set up is absolutely superb the way he's done it, but that's how I would have followed my own instinct. And sometimes in relation to grading I would look to do things differently, but certainly a lot of these the composition and spacing strikes me as being masterful camera play.

Edited by Rex Orwell

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Sang_Pipe.png

 

Now the above from Sang Sattawat - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477731/ might not look like much, but this is actually the best scene in a film I've seen in years in my humble opinion. I would encourage anyone to make seeing the film a priority. I was pleased I had the AVI of this handy.

 

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Cinema at its absolute very best :

 

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Edited by Rex Orwell

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