When shooting films has always been a struggle between during what’s effective for the story
and making an image that looks good.
For Emmanuel Lubezki, this is hardly a challenge.
Lubezki or Chivo as he’s done to some people
has an art style which has earned him three consecutive Academy Awards
over his 34 years of filmmaking.
He’s worked with some of the best directors in the business,
including Alfonso Caron,
Alejandro G Inarritu
and Terrence Malick.
The incredibly beautiful images that he creates
are very fitting of the story that’s being told.
I think one of the words that we can use to sum up Chivo’s images,
are that of “being incredibly real”.
The natural lighting that’s used creates very real skin tones.
Capturing the lighting as it is on location
allows for pictures that accurately represent their environment.
Chivo utilizes the time of the day
for either the harsh skin tones or flattering soft lights,
making use of reflectors and bright environments,
such as snow or desert for even lighting.
To capture these smaller details and shadows and highlights,
Emmanuel Lubezki uses a range of cameras to capture a high dynamic range.
Celluloid film is the way to do this.
But Chivo has set for low light situations.
He prefers to use cameras like the Arielle Xam,
capturing a similar dynamic range to film and upholding great color detail.
This is a factor in Chivo’s camera work
that’s been quintessential in a lot of shots he likes to get.
One being something I don’t usually see in a lot of cinema,
and that’s the low angle looking up.
“You can look that they are also gonna get all these emotions
“by going through the journey of watching the movie and experience that…
“Experiencing a movie objectively
“but also subjectively through the eyes of glass.”
I find this is a common technique in modern cinematography,
often shooting a low angle allows for unique perspective.
But what Chivo does is something different.
他给我们的视角 就像是正常人的视角 极度真实
It’s a perspective to us as human beings that’s extremely real.
When we look around, our perspectives isn’t constricted with a tripod or dolly.
Eye goes up, down or left or right,
but we can smoothly move around, making the camera versatile,
which seems very important to capture the perspective of the characters
Emmanuel is trying to represent.
A reoccurring theme that I’ve found in Emmanual’s work
is a short type of The Sky Through Trees.
He transitions from the objective to the subjective
simply by moving his camera smoothly and getting closer.
The short type is done more commonly by cutting to a completely different shot,
changing the focal length and angle of the camera.
He puts us into the perspective of the characters
to let us see what exactly what they’re experiencing.
And then in the same shot, he brings us back into the narrative that’s being told.
His lens type of choice is typically that of wide-angle lens.
Using a 35 millimeter for close-ups
aren’t that common in cinema since it is known as a wide-angle lens.
But it seems like Chivo’s arsenal of equipment is based on
his unique style of capturing as much as possible.
It allows him to have a relationship with the actors in their environment simultaneously.
He understands that the world that this character lives in is very important
and the world that the character inhabits tells us a lot about them,
using long takes instead of cuts to keep the pace of the film dependent on the performance of the actors,
and not the confining edits that keep the action from going smoothly
as well as using a Steadicam to move from point of view
to focusing on the character and the scene.
There are very few films that I’ve seen that immerse me into a story
quite like the ones that Emmanuel has shot.
He’s able to create something wholly unique in an industry that’s going to find itself
into a specific set of rules regarding some of the basics of filmmaking.
I’m always floored by his work
and I’m glad we have him to make some spectacular films for a very long time to come.
Well guys thank you for watching, but before you go,
I wanted to update you on what I’ve been doing over the last couple of weeks.
I haven’t been very active on my channel
because I’ve been finishing up my second year of university.
So I’ve had a few essays evaluations and generally been very busy with work.
But the big thing I’m excited to tell you guys about
is that I’m in pre-production for a documentary I’m making.
It’s something I’ve been very excited to do over the next couple of months,
and if you’d like to know more, then you can go to the first link in the description below
or click on the link that’s on the screen right now.
Other than that, my name is James Hayes and thank you so much for watching.