First of all, I really liked the cinematography and acting from Brad Pitt. Also I loved the realism of the film. It really does feel like the ‘near future’.
Why I liked the cinematography
Great job with side profiles, low-angle photos, high angle photos, and multiple layers of subjects.
My only critique is I felt that the drama wasn’t compelling enough. “Daddy issues” wasn’t deep or “scary” enough.
If you dig space films, highly recommend watching it!
AD ADSTRA COMPOSITION
Great cinema is a great stimulus to your photography!
For example a recent film I like: AD ASTRA —
Extreme low angle vs extreme high angle
Putting yourself in the shoes of the actor
Seeing the hands of Brad Pitt in the reflection actually made me embody Brad Pitt in the movie. Isn’t this the goal of cinema and great art — putting yourself in the shoes of the characters and actors?
Symmetry and shapes
In focus and out of focus
Manual focusing — out of focus and in focus for drama.
To show the POV of the actor (seeing an outstretched hand) makes you want to stretch out your hand as well.
My favorite scenes and compositions from AD ASTRA
Cinematography and life lessons:
Cinema and philosophy
Articles on Cinema
- Part 1: Throne of Blood Cinematography by Akira Kurosawa
- Part 1: Spartacus Cinematography and Philosophy Lessons from Stanley Kubrick
- Part 1: Philosophy and Cinematography of Full Metal Jacket
- Part 3: MATRIX Philosophy and Cinematography
- Part 2: MATRIX Philosophy and Cinematography
- Part 1: MATRIX Philosophy and Cinematography
- Part 4: Epic Cinematography of 2001 Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
- Part 3: Epic Cinematography and Philosophy of 2001 Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
- Part 2: Epic Cinematography and Philosophy of 2001 Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
- Part 1: Epic Cinematography and Philosophy of 2001 Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
- Stanley Kubrick: Master Photographer and Film-Maker
- Lessons Ridley Scott Has Taught Me about Life, Art, and Cinema
- Part 2: Cinematography and Composition Lessons from All the Money in the World (2017) film by Ridley Scott
- Part 1: Cinematography and Composition Lessons from All the Money in the World (2017) film by Ridley Scott
- Cinematography Composition Techniques for Photographers
- Rashomon (1950)
- Ran (Chaos) by Akira Kurosawa
- FIGHT CLUB
- FURY (2014)
- THE MATRIX
- AKIRA PART I / AKIRA PART II
- Batman: The Dark Knight
- Dr. Strange
- Suicide Squad
- Kendrick Lamar: HUMBLE.
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