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 – 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: Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

Year 2018
Decade – 2010s
Cinematographers – Kramer Morgenthau (IMDB link)
Director – Ramin Bahrani (IMDB link)
Aspect Ratio – 1.78
Distributor – HBO
Genre Sci-Fi
Cameras – Panasonic VariCam 35 (3840×2160 UHD with AVC-Intra compression) for the main cameras; Zenmuse X5S on a DJI Inspire 2 drone for wide aerial shots; GoPro Hero4 Black for point of view shots
Lenses – Zeiss Super Speeds for the main lenses; Panavision Primo zooms and Lensbaby Composor Pros (for flashbacks) were also used
Format Digital; Spherical
Miscellaneous – According to American Cinematographer magazine, Morgenthau favored the 29mm and 40mm Super Speeds and typically shot between a T1.4 and a T2.0. Director Ramin Bahrani’s visual references included Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil and The Trial.
Other Key Words
Opening Credits             Color               Flashbacks             Point of View              Night Exteriors

Further Reading
American Cinematographer magazine’s feature on the film, from the June 2018 issue
CinemaTechnic’s history of the Zeiss Super Speeds
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Frame by Frame: Aeon Flux (2005)

Year – 2005
Decade – 2000s
Cinematographer – Stuart Dryburgh (IMDB credits)
Director – Karyn Kusama (IMDB credits)
Aspect Ratio – 2.40
Distributor – Paramount, MTV Films
Genre – Action; Sci-Fi
Format – 35mm
Other Key Words
Warm Light       Wide Shots        Extreme Close-Ups      High and Low Angles

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Frame by Frame: Westworld – Season One (2017)

Year 2017
Decade – 2010s
Cinematographers – Paul Cameron (pilot); David Franco; Jeffrey Jur; Robert McLachlan; Brendan Galvin
Director – multiple
Aspect Ratio – 1.78
Distributor – HBO
Genre  Western; Sci-Fi
Camera – Arricam LiteArriflex 435
Lenses – Cooke S4Canon K35; Fujinon Premiere zooms; spherical
(Most of the show was shot on the Cookes. The K35’s were used for flashbacks/dream sequences.)
Format 35mm; 3-perf Super 35
Film StocksKodak Vision3 (5219 500T; 5207 250D; 5203 50D)
(5219 500T for night interiors/exteriors, 5207 250D for some dusk scenes, and 5203 50D for daylight interiors/exteriors.)
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