We have had quite a few lovely films coming at us in the year 2017. Image after image, flooding our senses, making us see, smell, hear, touch, and sometimes even taste! All of this became possible because of some kickass cinematographers who refuse to make us the see the same thing again and again. So, here’s the top 5 in the cinematography department!
1)Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (Rajeev Ravi)
What Rajeev Ravi does in this, the finest film of 2017, is that he quietly stitches us into fabric of the story, using space and frames to both communicate and bewilder. One of the finest shots is Fahadh’s introduction; the camera furtively absorbs the tiniest elements of the theft (the round brown eyes looking dense and vulnerable) while the viewer is left holding his breath.
2)Parava (Little Swayamp)
Parava in sharp contrast thrives on the beauty of the lens. Little Swayamp painstakingly captures the nuances of routine life, the coyness of the pigeons and the stark dreariness of the Mattancherry streets. Our pick for the finest would be the opening shot.
3)Angamaly Diaries (Gireesh Gangadharan)
He employs narrative cinematography here. The camera tells the story and puts us in the best position inside frames that captures the raw energy of Angamaly, the delectable food and the madcap rusty characters. Technical mastery, originality and innovation, and artistry and vision, that sums up Gireesh’s work.
4) Mayaanadhi (Jayesh Mohan)
Framing is exquisite in this finely crafted romance. It sets the mood of the film. The auburn ebony colour tone adds depth and mystique to the romance, so much so that the emotions they evoke are vivid.
5)Take off (Sanu Varghese)
This strife-ridden drama is realised through a mixture of steady cam and handheld shots. Sanu employs a documentary shooting style. His choice of colour palette lends a starkness to the characters and paints Iraq and war with a mix of fear and conflict, giving us a feel of total immersion.
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