Frame By Frame – Leviathan (1989)

Year – 1989
Decade – 1980s
CinematographerAlex Thomson (imdb link)
DirectorGeorge P. Cosmatos (imdb link)
Aspect Ratio – 2.39
Distributor – MGM
Genre – Sci-Fi; Horror
Lenses – J-D-C Scope anamorphic lenses
Format – 35mm
Film Stock Agfa XT
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POV Shots; Reflections; Shafts of Light; Lens Flares; Unusual Camera Perspectives; Color – Blue; Creatures; Set Design;

The Movie
A team of deep sea silver miners stumbles upon a derelict Russian craft with predictable consequences for anyone who’s seen Alien or The Thing.
Leviathan was one of three underwater-set studio flicks released in the span of six short months in 1989, top-lined by James Cameron’s The Abyss. It’s basically a direct lift of creature feature tropes transplanted from the void of space to the murky expanse of the ocean, but it benefits from an usually generous B-movie budget of $24 million as well as a solid cast (Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Hector Elizondo, Daniel Stern) and below-the-line pedigree (Oscar nominees in cinematographer Alex Thomson, composer Jerry Goldsmith, and effects guru Stan Winston).
Leviathan’s underwater sequences were shot dry-for-wet at Cinecittà Studios in Rome. The above-water finale was lensed in an infinity pool in Malta, located on the coast so that at the right camera angle the water of the pool lined up with the ocean to create the illusion of a distant horizon.



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Frame by Frame – The Platform (2019)

Year – 
2019
Decade – 
2010s
CinematographerJon D. Domínguez
Director –
 Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Aspect Ratio2.39
DistributorNetflix
GenreSci-Fi
Format – Digital capture
Categories – (Click on any of the following to see similar frames from other films) Frames Within Frames; Two Shots; High and Low Angles; Shafts of Lights; Inserts; Foreground/Background; Wide Shots; Close-Ups; Full Shots

The Movie
Spanish dystopian parable set in a vertical prison in which a platform of delectables descends down the structure’s hundreds of floors, offering those on top a feast and those on bottom little to eat except each other. The movie debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of 2019, but hit Netflix at the onset of a coronavirus quarantine that reinforced many of the film’s themes.

“If on our platform, instead of food, we had put toilet paper or facemasks, we would be talking about the same thing, about the selfishness that lies deep in our hearts.” – The Platform director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia



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Frame by Frame – Lawless (2012)

Year – 
2012
Decade – 
2010s
CinematographerBenoît Delhomme (imdb) (instagram)
Director – 
John Hillcoat
Aspect Ratio2.35
Distributor
The Weinstein Company; Annapurna
GenreDrama; Period Piece; 1930s
Cameras
Arri Alexa
Lenses – 
Zeiss Master Primes; Angenieux Optimo zooms; Spherical
FormatDigital capture
Categories – (Click on any of the following to see similar frames from other films) Night Exteriors; Reflections; Frames Within Frames; Silhouettes; Car Shots; Dusk; Three Shots

The Movie

At the tail end of Prohibition, three moonshine bootlegging brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke) refuse to bend when a federal agent (Guy Pearce) tries to cut himself a piece of the pie. Based on a true story.



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Frame by Frame – BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Year2018
Decade2010s
CinematographerChayse Irvin (imdb link) (official site)
DirectorSpike Lee (imdb link)
Aspect Ratio2.39
DistributorFocus Features; Universal
GenreDrama; Period 1970s; Best Picture Nominee
CamerasPanaflex Millennium XL2, Arricam Lite, Aaton Penelope, Arriflex SR3 (16mm)
LensesSpherical; Zeiss Super Speeds MKII, Zeiss Master Primes, Panavision Ultra and Super Speeds, Panavision PVintage
Format  35mm; 16mm
Film StocksKodak Vision3 250D 5207, Kodak Vision3 500T 5219, Kodak Eastman Double-X Black & White Negative Film 5222 and 7222, Kodak Ektachrome 100D
Production info – 31 days of principal photography

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Eye Lights
Car Shots
High and Low Angles
Two Shots
Three Shots
Low Key Lighting
Police Station
Highlights
Eyelines
Phone Calls

The Movie
Based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, a black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1970s. The unlikely undercover mission began with Stallworth establishing phone contact posing as an interested new member, first with the local chapter and eventually with the organization’s “executive director” David Duke (played by Topher Grace). The sting ultimately became a two-man operation – with Stallworth (played by John David Washington) handling the phone calls and fellow detective Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) standing in for Stallworth for the face-to-face interactions.

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Frame by Frame – Sweet Virginia (2017)

Year2017
Decade2010s
CinematographerJessica Lee Gagné (imdb link)
Director – Jamie M. Dagg
Aspect Ratio2.39
DistributorIFC Films
GenreNeo Noir
CameraArri Alexa Mini
LensesPanavision Primos
FormatDigital

Categories
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Dawn                             Car Shots                         Diners                                  Hotels
Low Key Lighting       Long Takes                      Mirrors/Reflections         Frames Within Frames
Silhouettes                   Full Shots                        Establishing Shots           Foreground/Background

The Movie
A triple homicide in a remote Alaskan town brings together a former rodeo champion (Jon Bernthal) and a violent drifter (Christopher Abbott) in this moodily photographed neo-noir. Though set in Alaska, the film was shot largely in Hope, British Columbia – the same location as Rambo’s inaugural outing First Blood (1982). Continue Reading ›

Frame by Frame – Maniac (2018)

Year2018
Decade2010s
CinematographerDarren Lew (imdb link)
DirectorCary Joji Fukunaga (imdb link)
Aspect Ratio2.39
DistributorNetflix
GenreDrama, Sci-Fi
CameraPanavision Millennium DXL (optics by Panavision, color science by Light Iron, 8K large format sensor by Red)
LensesPanavision AnamorphicsC Series, E Series and T Series
FormatDigital

Categories
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Shot/Reverse Shot            Color                             Profile                             Low Contrast
Center Framing                  Lens Flare                    Diners                             Courtroom
Elevators                              Wide Angle Lens         Establishing Shots      Hotels
Iris                                        Office                             Frame Within Frames
Inserts                                  Bench                            Shafts of Light             Foreground/Background
Car Wreck                            Long Takes

The Show
Two participants in a pharmaceutical trial (Emma Stone, Johan Hill) find themselves intertwined in the trial’s therapuutic series of drug-induced delusions. Continue Reading ›

Frame by Frame: Lara Croft – Tomb Raider (2001)

Year 2001
Decade – 2000s
Cinematographer – Peter Menzies Jr.
Director – Simon West
Aspect Ratio – 2.39
Distributor – Paramount
Genre  Action
Lenses – Panavision Primo
Format 35mm; Super 35; Spherical
Other Key Words Shafts of Light; High and Low Angles; Phone Calls

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