The most beautiful, and visually stunning movies. Must watch movies for its amazing use of cinematography, art and costumes
12. Sunshine (2007) – A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.
Director of Photography: Alwin Küchler
Director: Danny Boyle
One of the biggest challenges facing the visual effects team was to create the sun itself. This was done with CGI and turned out to be the longest CGI sequencing ever done by a London production house.
11. Amelie (2001) – Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice.
Director of Photography: Bruno Delbonnel
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The main colors in the film (green, yellow and red) are inspired by the paintings of the Brazilian artist Juarez Machado.
10. Big Fish (2003) – A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father’s life.
Director of Photography: Philippe Rousselot
Director: Tim Burton
For scenes in the United States, Alabama was the only state where filming took place. One scene included France, where Will and Joséphine lived at the time.
9. Interstellar (2014) – A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.
Director of Photography: Christopher Nolan
Director: Hoyte Van Hoytema
The giant dust clouds were created on-location, using large fans to blow cellulose-based synthetic dust through the air.
8. Skyfall (2012) – Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Director of Photography: Roger Deakins
Director: Sam Mendes
The film’s opening sequence shot in Adana and Istanbul, Turkey, took around two months to film, three months of rehearsals, four months of preparation, two hundred crew members from England, and another two hundred local crew, in order to produce around twelve to fourteen minutes of screentime.
7. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.
Director of Photography: John Seale
Director: George Miller
John Seale came out of retirement to head the film’s cinematography. Editor Margaret Sixel had roughly 470 hours of footage to edit. Watching it took three months.
6. Se7en (1995) – Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Director of Photography: P.C. Sreeram
Director: Darius Khondji
The filmmakers decided it should always be raining for two reasons: It added a sense of dread; and they never had to worry about bad weather.
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Director of Photography: Geoffrey Unsworth
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick worked for several months with effects technicians to come up with a convincing effect for the floating pen in the shuttle sequence. After trying many different techniques, without success, Kubrick decided to simply use a pen that was adhered (using newly invented double-sided tape) to a sheet of glass and suspended in front of the camera.
4. Sin City (2005) – A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Director of Photography: Robert Rodriguez
Director: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller
Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller planned each shot in the movie by using the panels from the original book as storyboard.
3. Gravity (2013) – Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space.
Director of Photography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
To simulate the authenticity and reflection of unfiltered light in space, a manually controlled lighting system consisting of 1.8 million individually controlled LED lights was built.
2. Hero (2002) – A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.
Director of Photography: Christopher Doyle
Director: Yimou Zhang
The lake scenes took almost three weeks to film because director Yimou Zhang insisted that the lake’s surface had to be perfectly still and mirror-like during filming.
1. Arrival (2016) – When twelve mysterious spacecrafts appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.
Director of Photography: Bradford Young
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Scandinavian photographer Martina Hoogland Ivanow was a major influence on cinematographer Bradford Young’s look of this film, especially with her exhibition and book “Speedway.”
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