Cinematographers don't get much glory, but without their eye, their expertise and their dedication to visual excellency, our movies and TV shows would look a lot less interesting. They determine the shots, set the mood and turn the everyday into the extraordinary. We rounded up some of the most celebrated cinematographers of the last few years to take a peek at what they're doing on the everyman's image beautifier: Instagram.
So what happens when professional filmmakers view the world through the lens of Insta filters? Social media magic. Plus it provides a unique look into how these filmmakers see their world and perhaps how they see the movies they make. Here are 11 cinematographers who are doing beautiful work not just on the big screen but via their iPhones as well.
Papamichael (@papa2), a frequent collaborator with director Alexander Payne, was the director of photography for The Descendants, 3:10 to Yuma and this year's beautiful, and Oscar-nominated, black-and-white Nebraska. Athens-born Papamichael is a frequent home-life Instagrammer with lots of pics of his kids. He also throws in the occasional homage to his own film work.
Lubezki (@chivexp) was the director of photography on visually stunning films like The Tree of Life, Children of Men and Gravity — for which he won an Oscar. Is it any wonder his Instagram is filled with cinematic shots?
Frequent Darren Aronofsky collaborator Libatique (@libatique) (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, Noah) likes to give followers a peek of what's going on behind the scenes. His Instagram sheds light on how shots are made and what life is like on set.
Grau (@eduardgrau) has an interesting body of work (which includes last year's A Single Shot). He is best known as the man behind the stylistic imagery in Tom Ford's A Single Man. Like Libatique, he Instagrams from set, but shows more scenery than mechanics. His photos are dreamy and geometric.
Mexican cinematographer Prieto (@rpstam) has shot some of the biggest films of this century — The Wolf of Wall Street, Argo, Biutiful, Babel, Brokeback Mountain and 8 Mile, to name a few. His Instagrams are, predictably, perfectly composed each and every time.
César Charlone (@cesarcha) was nominated for an Oscar in cinematography for the gritty and moving City of God. He brought his stunning vision to Blindness, Man on Fire and The Constant Gardener. Charlone's Instagrams are airy, with a focus on lighting and blurred effects.
His name might not be filling the tabloid pages, but Brook (@yonibrook) is a young filmmaker and cinematographer who last year was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Valley of Saints, an Indian film that won the World Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance. His Instagrams span the globe and are pure art.
Hodge (@joelhodge) has a short resume, but it includes serving as director of photography for 2011's Bellflower. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for the work, but ultimately lost to the much bigger-budgeted The Artist — to much protest from the industry. His Instagram focuses on the people around him, showcasing individuals, with some images from shoots mixed in for good measure.