Spotlight on Cinematography: Sand vs Sky

The use of expansive spaces on screen most often serves one of two purposes: to draw the eye towards something or someone, or to highlight the enormity (and sometimes hopelessness) of a specific situation. Expansive spaces can be used to highlight the hopelessness of a single person stumbling across an icy wasteland, or to emphasize a focal point of importance or beauty. Below, you can see some of my favorite frames that use skies and sand for one (or maybe even both) of the above purposes.

lawrence of arabia 2
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) || Freddie Young (DP)
hero
Hero (2002) || Christopher Doyle (DP)
arrival
Arrival (2016) || Bradford Young (DP)
skyfall
Skyfall (2012) || Roger Deakins (DP)

 

mad max
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) || John Seale (DP)
prince of egypt
Prince of Egypt (1998)  || Brenda Chapman (Director)
The-Fall-0067
The Fall (2006) || Colin Watkinson (DP)
where the wild things are
Where the Wild Things Are (2009) || Lance Acord (DP)

 

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