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Hollywood calls
Who do the Coen brothers turn to when Roger Deakins is otherwise engaged? Emmanuel Lubezki, a Mexican DoP who cut his teeth with Guillermo del Toro and film school pal Alfonso Cuar�n making TV schlocker series La Hora Marcada. The man better known as Chivo (�the Goat'), who manned the camera on Burn After Reading, moved to LA 15 years previously. After low-budget, high-concept indie Twenty Bucks, his breakthrough came from an unlikely source: "Jeanne Tripplehorn saw and liked Like Water For Chocolate," he remembers. "She was going to perform in a little movie called Reality Bites that was directed by Ben Stiller. She recommended me to him. At that point, my English wasn't good enough to understand the script or the humor, but I liked Ben and Jeanne, and he wanted me to do the movie."

Pictured: Like Water For Chocolate (1992)

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1 No Matthew Libatique?!?
Posted on Wednesday December 22, 2010, 07:55 by twangling_jack
I think Matthew Libatique is one of the top ten currently working cinematographers. His stuff is amazing. Black Swan is sure to get him a nom at the Oscars. Read More

2 RE:
Posted on Wednesday September 22, 2010, 07:16 by grucl
How could you forget Michael Ballhaus?   They even named a cameramove after him: the Ballhaus cirlce (a multiple 360 degree pan around the actors). Read More

3 RE: I'm glad Empire is defending Barry Ackroyd
Posted on Saturday September 18, 2010, 14:43 by lauriedunsire
L: pagey6005 No mention of The Prestige tho, I think he shot it beautifully! sp; Well, when they mention '6 movies and counting' in regard to the Nolan/Pfister partnership they are obviously including The Prestige in that, and the picture they use for the Pfister piece is from The Prestige also.   I agree with you incidentally, a very well shot film and the man is a genius. Read More

4 RE: I'm glad Empire is defending Barry Ackroyd
Posted on Saturday September 18, 2010, 08:42 by pagey6005
I'm glad empire led with Wally Pfister, the mans a genius in my eyes!   No mention of The Prestige tho, I think he shot it beautifully! Read More

5 RE: Also...
Posted on Friday September 17, 2010, 17:58 by Manfrendshensindshen
Wasn't Se7en lensed by Darius Kondji? As my earlier post seems to have evaporated I'd like to add a few of the great British DPs to the list: Geoffrey Unsworth, Jack Cardiff, Freddie Young, John Alcott, Gil Taylor, Ossie Morris, to mention the first names that come to mind in this context. Being German I really have to wonder why the UK has produced such an astonishing number of world-class cinematographers, when other European countries can count themselves lucky if one cameraman per decade manages to embark on a successful international career. L: reinhardt76 Ridley Scotts favourite DOP John Mathieson, whos grimy look on Se7en raised it above usual by-the-numbers thrillers, also on epics like Kingdom of Heaven which not even the life-sucking presence of Orlando Bloom could spoil Read More

6 RE:
Posted on Friday September 17, 2010, 16:49 by celestialnavigation
totally agree,Conrad L Hall made beautiful images in everything he did.also love Bruce Surtees work on alot of older Clint Eastwood films L: debsbzdc Have to say...Conrad L Hall... genius. Sadly missed. Read More


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