1. GRAVITY 2013 CINEMATOGRAPHER EMMANUEL LUBEZKI
A film that looks like no other and one that took the Director & Cinematographer four (4) years to figure out how to realize and capture… A film that made you actually feel like you were there experiencing that extraordinary 100% CGI thrill ride through the colliding satellites above the earth.
2. SLUMDOG MILLIONARE 2008 cinematographer ANTHONY DOD MANTLE
Another daring film mostly captured with the experimental Silicon Imaging HD Camera that enabled Mr. Boyle and Mr. Dod Mantle to run along with the impoverished kids in the slums of Mumbai on Natural Locations & in Available Light. This was the film that garnered the first Academy Award for HD Cinematography as well as for its fearless Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.
3. 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY 1969 cinematographer JOHN ALCOTT
Another film where Mr. Kubrick had all of the lighting built into the rotating circular space ship Interior, enabling his Cinematographers to create the illusion of weightlessness by basically capturing “In Camera CGIs”, decades before CGIs were even thought of or invented.
4. CITIZEN KANE 1941 cinematographer GREG TOLAND
A film that made Deep Focus & Long One Shot Tales famous… Also, in the “Mocumentary” about the life of Charles Foster Kane that opens the film: “Documentary Style” Cinematography was simulated for the first time and it also utilized at least four (4) filmmaking techniques that would not be seen again until the late 1950s during the French New Wave: 1. The Freeze Frame 2. The Jump Cut 3. The Flash Frame & 4. The Hand Held Camera.
5. INTOLERANCE 1916 Cinematographer BILLY BITZER
A film that was originally subtitled “A Sun Play For The Ages” because it was Photographed entirely (Interiors & Exteriors) by Natural Daylight! It also revolutionized film language by utilizing what Sergei Eisenstein would later call: “Intellectual Montage” by inter-cutting four (4) separate stories, from four (4) separate epics of time, each one hand tinted a different color.