Storytelling through movies is more than just capturing the drama. It is also important to consider how the shots are acquired. Cinematography is the most demanding, thrilling, and engaging part of film-making in its most inventive version and among the other facets of cinema. Cinematography is often known as the art of moving photography. A cinematographer determines the camera features to apply when capturing sequences in a movie. This is the phase of the film-making process where the person behind the scenes is put to the test of their ingenuity. Cinematography is the hardest component of cinema to master, and if it isn't done correctly, the picture may fall flat.
When it comes to earning awards, one of the key contrasts between feature films and short films is that feature films receive recognition from each and every mainline denomination and association. Short films, on the other hand, are merely recognized for their performance. However, there are several fantastic films that young cinematographers may view to have a better knowledge of capturing situations. Here is a list of award-winning short films to watch for understanding the best cinematography techniques: -
1. Detainment – Patrick Jordan:
Although this short film is the most disturbing and difficult to see of the nominees, Jordan's camera gives a surprise dynamic intensity and artistry to a terrible recounting of the toddler James Bulger's murder by two ten-year-old boys. The sequences seem to often swing back and forth between the boys' contradicting tales, evoking the same sensation of doubt and terror in viewers as they do in the family and investigators.
2. The Big Shave – Martin Scorsese:
"The Big Shave," a short film made by Martin Scorsese, depicts Peter Bernuth as a guy shaving in his bathroom who slashes his flesh and continues to cut deeper. Scorsese created the picture as a metaphor for America's self-destruction during the Vietnam War. The short was created by the director while he was a student at New York University's film school.
3. Fauve – Olivier Gossot:
This short video explores the implications of a sad occurrence involving a kid. The film's visual stakes are clear from the first picture, a cantilevered angle view that gradually zooms in and alters. There is no camera movement or cutaway unless there is a clear purpose. One of the cinematography's big victories is its way of connecting to audiences the concepts of humans vs. nature. Gossot depicts a world of concurrent deterioration and unlimited promise, whether it's deserted trains, vacant building sites, a playground with a nasty, industrialized twist.
4. Two Cars, One Night – Taika Waititi:
Taika Waititi's 2004 short "Two Cars, One Night" was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film. The story is based on two young boys and a woman they encounter in the parking area of a tavern in New Zealand.
5. Marguerite – Marc Simpson:
Marc is a cinematographer who formerly worked on camera teams for significant Hollywood movies in the 1990s and early 2000s. Simpson-Threlford, on the other hand, has been a cinematographer for many other greatest French short films of the twenty-first century since 2004. Simpson-ability Threlford's to depict the human face is especially evident in Marguerite. We witness the use of light, shadow, and close-up in the trailer to excavate an infinite potential of emotions and feelings about an old woman's history that we never receive from the words. This supernatural understanding of the human face is what distinguishes excellent cinematography from merely decent or technically skilled cinematography.
6. Welcome Home – Spike Jonze:
The short film "Welcome Home," directed by Spike Jonze in collaboration with Apple, stars FKA Twigs as a woman who enters a dream realm and encounters a different version of herself. The film was meant to promote Apple's HomePod product, but Jonze's inventiveness elevated the project beyond mere promotion.
7. The Neighbors’ Window – Marshall Curry:
Marshall Curry is well-known in the non-fiction cinema field for his films "Point and Shoot," "Street Fight," and "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," the other two of which received an Oscar Award consideration for Best Documentary Feature. Curry had his storytelling short film "The Neighbors' Window," which earned him his first Oscar Award for the Best Live Action Short Film.