Female cinematographers: Rachel Morrison
Black Panther (2018)
Directed by Ryan Coogler
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

“If there’s anything consistent about my work it’s not flat. The criticism of Marvel movies whether it’s in the cinematography or in the Digital Intermediate is that sometimes sort of lack contrast and saturation. That certainly isn’t true of my work from the outset, so hopefully the look we’re presenting will hold through to the end. But I think in making something so big, if you take for example an exterior day scene that’s shot over 15, 20 days you’re not gonna have all sunny days so what happens at the end of shooting when it’s half sun and half cloud. The natural tendency is to lean into something in the middle, to kind of flatten out the contrast on the sunny day and maybe try to bump up the contrast on the cloudy day and find somewhere to meet in the middle. That was my biggest concern going in was that we don’t allow that to happen, so we would throw hard light at people on cloudy days just to kind of increase the contrast.” Rachel Morrison


Yesssssssssss. Idk whose first inclination is to flatten the middle, but that’s how you get generic boring images.

Also Rachel Morrison knows how to fucking photograph darker skin tones.

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