Ted Mathot

Moving Pictures: Capote

Posted on:  December 7, 2007

There’s no question that some of the most amazing photographs ever taken are for movies. A well shot, well composed film is not only aesthetically pleasing but also evocative and moving, especially when combined with a great story.

The 2006 film CAPOTE was a well-acted, well scripted piece coupled with some great cinematography by Adam Kimmel. These dark and foreboding images of the 1950’s Kansas countryside (it’s actually Winnipeg, Canada) are nicely shot and remind me of melancholic renderings by Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper. These shots as well as the muted colors did well to heighten the tragic underpinnings of the film.

On a related note, Pixar story artist and film guru Ted Mathot has posted screen shots from the movie THE HORSE WHISPERER (by cinematographer Robert Richardson) on his Rose & Isabel blog. For a while now he’s been breaking down films and sharing his insight on staging, composition and photography and it’s worth checking out his archives.

Like my other feature called PROFILES, i’ll be using MOVING PICTURES to post more great film photography in the future.