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Chris Doyle on film as collaboration

By ACMI, 2010 1:59 minutes

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In his role as cinematographer, Christopher Doyle takes pleasure in sharing the experience of making the film and working collectively. He points out that no single contribution to a film will determine what the final product will be like and that its success depends on responding to moments and images as they arise during filming. A film can be made great by a memorable image that connects deeply with the audience. Doyle uses his physical and emotional closeness to the actors to forge strong links between them and the audience.

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Discussion Points

Doyle argues that a memorable image can make a great film, and to make his point he singles out the shot of Maggie Cheung going up the stairs in In the Mood for Love.

  • Describe some images from films that you consider particularly memorable.
  • What are some celebrated film moments that have become more widely remembered?
  • What do you think of the idea that a really great moment can transform an entire film?