Learning Cinematography With Master DOP Christopher Doyle

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on October 12, 2014

Christopher Doyle is considered one of the best cinematographers of all time.  Having worked with acclaimed directors like Wong Kar Wai and William Cheung, Doyle has created a unique visual identity for all the films he has worked in.

It is always interesting to know the thought process and the approach employed by such creative minds. And so we have compiled a series of videos in which Doyle talks about his approach and the thought process employed by him while working on films such as 'Chungking Express' and 'In The Mood For Love'.

Shooting in tight spaces

Ever found yourself feeling stuck in a corner while shooting in closed, clustered spaces without much room to manoeuvre? Listen to Doyle talk about how he handled situations where he faced several physical constraints while shooting.

Employing personal experiences

In this video, Doyle talks about how he used his personal experience of loneliness and separation while working on films such as Chungking Express.  It is perhaps these personal experiences which give his visuals a somber and a moody identity and separates his work from the rest of his ilk. He also talks about why some things can never be redone and some journeys can never be revisited.

Understanding the artistic process

In this video, Doyle talks about why he prefers to have an artistic vision while shooting rather than employing technical and traditional methods. He also elaborates how not having a typical thought process and approach for shooting makes his work more challenging yet a more satisfying and engaging process.

On neon lighting and the importance of 'red' colour in Asian films

By using scenes from various films shot by Doyle, this video pays a tribute to some of his best works. One can also see him talk about important aspects of cinematography such as the importance of neon lighting in movies, the value of 'red' colour in Asian films and why he doesn't like to use black colour while shooting scenes which depict the sky.

If you want to learn more about cinematography do check out these posts of ours, on cinematography in Bresson's films and the basics of cinematography.


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