Mike Best

Looking Back - The Cinematography of 'Searching for Bobby Fischer' by Mike Best

Though somewhat overlooked when it originally came out in 1993, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a hidden gem of a film featuring stunning cinematography by Conrad Hall. A must-see for anyone interested in photography and cinematography, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a masterclass in lighting and visual storytelling.

As part of a challenge I’ve set myself (and my long-suffering wife), we are looking back each week at one film from American Society of Cinematographer’s list of Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century. What started as some personal notes for my reference has evolved into a blog post that I’m sharing weekly.

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Looking Back - The Cinematography of ‘Three Colours: Blue’ by Mike Best

This week we immersed ourselves in the delicate beauty of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colours: Blue (Trois couleurs: Bleu), 1993, featuring the cinematography of Slawomir Idziak.

It’s part of a challenge I’ve set myself (and my long-suffering wife) to watch/re-watch every film from American Society of Cinematographer’s list of Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century , and then share my notes and impressions once a week.

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Looking Back - The Cinematography of The Shawshank Redemption by Mike Best

This week we revisited one of last century’s most widely enjoyed film classics: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), to take a look back at some of the elegantly simple cinematography of Roger Deakins.

It’s part of a challenge I’ve set myself (and my long-suffering wife) to watch/re-watch every film from American Society of Cinematographer’s list of Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century , and then share my notes and impressions once a week.

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Looking Back - The Cinematography of Seven by Mike Best

I’ve challenged myself (and my long-suffering wife) to watch/re-watch every film from American Society of Cinematographer’s list of ‘Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century’. This week we revisited genre defining 'Seven', directed by David Fincher and shot by Darius Khondji. Here are some notes and observations from re-watching this visceral and gripping classic thriller.

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It's All About the Light - An Icelandic Road Trip - Part 2 by Mike Best

The second installment of photographers Mike Best and Ross Buswell’s journey through the country of endless dusk takes them through the majestic Westfjords and Ísafjörður in early March.

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It's All About the Light - An Icelandic Road Trip - Part 1 by Mike Best

It strikes you the moment you step off the plane at Keflavik Airport.   The remarkable quality of Iceland's light.  Even down south near Reykjavik, there is a milky-soft ambiance in the shadows that make it a favourite for cinematographers and landscape photographers alike. In this photographic tour of Iceland, I quickly realized it was all about the light.

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Guardian Masterclass with David Levene by Mike Best

This weekend I had theopportunity to shoot behind-the-scenes at the Field Day Music Festival at Brockwell Park in South London, as part of a Guardian Newspaper 'masterclass' with award-winning Guardian photographer David Levene.

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