Cinematographers (also referred to as Director of Photography or just DP) have to be the most under-appreciated crew member of a film. Yes, a film is a director’s vision, but without cinematographers they can’t bring that vision to life. Sometimes, I feel, they don’t get enough due credit for what they manage to achieve.
Can you imagine ‘No Country for Old Men’ without those glorious, desolate shots of the desert? Can you imagine ‘Gravity’ and ‘Interstellar’ without the jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring shots of space? Can you think of ‘Birdman’ without thinking about its one-take shot. No, right ? In all of these films, camera itself is a character without which they wouldn’t be the films they finally turned out to be. So, in that spirit of acknowledgement, here is the list of top cinematographers working in Hollywood today. If you are thinking how to become a cinematographer, you can take inspirations from these masters of camera.
10. Bradford Young
One of the most promising up-and-coming cinematographers, Bradford Young, showed touches of his mastery when he recreated magic — only seen in Terrence Malick’s movies — in ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’. Last year, he revalidated that faith when his cinematography of both ‘Selma’ and ‘A Most Violent Year’ were highly appreciated.
9. Claudio Miranda