Friday, June 18, 2010

Days Of Heaven

Days Of Heaven, 1978, won an Oscar for cinematography. This beautiful film caught my eye for its amazing imagery and colors. Almost the entire film was shot during twilight, giving the filmmakers an incredible task of being able to shoot only a few hours a day. Take a look at some of the amazing results they achieved:

This is one of my favorite shots from the film:

Halfway through the film a huge fire erupts and it makes for some amazing shots! Especially at that time with the real fire in the back you can imagine how it would have been to shoot this.

Definitely worth a watch for its looks!

Doodle inspired by Into The Wild

2 hour speedpaint inspired by Into The Wild

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Sean Penn, one of my favorite actors, directed this astonishing film that to me, is one of the most moving pictures released in the last 4 years. The story, the photography, the characters, everything feels right in this film and the passion that Sean had for this project really shows of.

Enjoy some amazing color palettes and framing of the opening sequence:

One of my favorite aspects of this film is the simplicity in the compositions. Take a look at some of these very simple but beautiful shots:

There are 2 sequences in this movie that are worth of hanging on your wall. I actually have a few prints from these 2 sequences. Take a look at the first one:

The following scene, where our main character runs through a herd of wild horses, has some of the best photography in the movie. Very dreamy and surreal looking imagery with great silhouettes.

What an amazing movie. Definitely one of my all time favorites!

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Directed by Danny Boyle, this movie won big at the 2009 Oscars. I saw this movie a few months before it became a huge hit and I knew it was gonna do well, what an amazing picture! The slums have been portrait-ed very real and harsh. Look at some of the great stills from some of the slum scenes:

The cinematography in this movie is gorgeous. There are a few scenes in particular that really caught my attention. The scene where our 3 main characters find themselves fleeing from the slums in the pouring rain has some excellent photography:

I like how they tell 2 stories in the same frame in this sequence and especially how you can already tell what will happen in the movie. Latika and Jamal found each other, but Salim is the outsider.

The next sequence that I love is where the 3 of them run away from Maman and his men through the railroad tracks. Take a look at these incredible shots:

Here is a still that caught my eye because of its amazing staging. Great light vs dark moment and what a vibrant blue!

Inspired by this staging and blue color I painted a little industrial scene:

In this shot it is all about the bad guy (the dude in the pink). The staging of this shot is very well done. Take a look at the shot, can you discover any significant cast shadowing in the scene? Only 1 right? The bad guy casts a huge shadow really pushing the concept that he is an important person. Really well composed!

Some more eye candy:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


A film that was praised by critics and award shows, it won Best Picture in 2006. I love this film not necessarily for its story, but for its cinematography. The movie is about racism and how people deal with it, although this is not a pleasant subject the movie feels very soft. This is achieved by a lot of bloom in the lighting:

I love the use of Bokeh and blurriness they put in the film:

In the final sequence of the movie, one of our main characters drops off a load of immigrants onto a shopping street in LA. One of the immigrants, dirty from head to toe, stands in front of a CD store and stares into the window. This particular shot I remember very well, what a way to display this immense contrast between worlds: