Cinematography is a big part of movie-making and involves the art of photography. The word comes from the Greek ‘kinema,’ which means movement or motion, and ‘graphein,’ meaning to record.
Cinematography is used to refer to the artistic process of making films. We all love a good movie, and it’s great to watch an epic on our modern-day, giant flat-screen TVs. Especially a film that has been noted for its impressive cinematography. Here we look at some films that have won Oscars for their exceptional cinematography. You may want to add some of them to your watch list.
Titanic – 1997
This epic tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic as it happened amid a blossoming love affair. A teenage aristocrat falls in love with a handsome but poor artist, and their tale is bound to become heartbreak and tragedy.
Braveheart – 1995
It’s easy to see how this movie had the potential to look incredible on the big screen. Epic battles and action adventures tell the story of Sir William Wallace on his quest for revenge. When his bride is murdered, he swears vengeance and begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. Battle scenes require Film Set Medics for the safety of actors and extras. Find out more about Film Set Medics by visiting Outdoor Medical.
Schindler’s List – 1993
Cinematic mastery occurred in this harrowing tale of the Holocaust. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Oscar Schindler is a brash businessman who gradually becomes increasingly concerned for the welfare of his Jewish workers under the Nazi regime in occupied Poland.
An American Indian epic following the life of Lt. John Dunbar as he’s exiled to a remote Civil War outpost. He falls in love with a Native American woman and befriends the tribe, much to the disgust of his military colleagues. The wide, open plains were captured perfectly in the cinematography of this movie.
Gandhi – 1982
Directed by Richard Attenborough and starring the magnificent Ben Kingsley, this movie shows us the life story of the legendary man that was Gandhi. A man of non-violence, he managed to drive the British out of India through his patience and resolve. Such a big story needed some big-screen cinematography.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 1977
Another epic from Mr. Spielberg, this sci-fi classic follows an average working man who, after encountering a UFO, feels a strange draw to a particular landscape area. When he gets there, amazing things happen.