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What film do you think has the worst cinematography you have ever seen?

I honestly can't think of many with terrible cinematography, it's usually just mediocre and bland at worst.

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Cassandra's Dream has some awful cinematography, by a great cinematographer might I add.

Later that day, after tea... I died, suddenly.

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Miami Vice-The Movie ain't that great. Seems director Michael Mann was, in gee-whiz fashion, really tinkering with the gain boost on his then-new Sony Cine-Alta camera. It looks like he and his cinematographer had the gain boost cranked up to +21db on some of that stuff. The exterior night scenes, especially in the trailer park where Trudy has been kidnapped, appear to be only available light, from sodium vapor lights and such, and exhibit HORRENDOUS grain.

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I'm going to say Michael Mann's Public Enemies. I just can't take to the digital photography of that movie.

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Dracula 2009 has truly f#cked cinematography. The film has been uploaded in full on youtube. Word of warning however. . .It is one of my top picks for "Worst Movie Ever Made". I have been actively searching for a long time, and this is top tier material. . . weapons grade atrocious film making.

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Brilliant question! I will write top 10 of worst movies have ever made, based on my own observational analysis. So, here it is:

1.Me and You - Bernardo Bertolucci
2.Solaris - Steven Soderbergh
3.American Sniper - Clint Eastwood
4.The Maze Runner - Wes Ball
5.Lucy - Luc Besson
6.Exodus: Gods and Kings - Ridley Scott
7.Pacific Rim - Guillermo del Toro
8.The Interview - Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
9.Argo - Ben Affleck
10.After Earth - M. Night Shyamalan

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Aside from quality, I find ShakyCam to be the worst cinematography, because it makes me nauseous when I watch it. If something is physically unpleasant, then that's worse than merely being artistically or technically flawed.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's cinematography hurt my eyes.

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The Battle of Five Armies was unbearable with that high-framerate work. I checked out of the film within the opening moments. Terribly disappointing trilogy.

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Somebody started a thread about the 1964 Christmas movie "Magic Christmas Tree," refusing to believe that it was shot in 35MM film.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195039/board/nest/238314039

"Fun in Balloon Land," and "Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny" look pretty bad too, and not just because of the content.



"Pink Flamingos" was shot in 16MM, and looks like it too.

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Star Wars ep. 2 Attack of the Clones. You can almost see the 1's and 0's on the screen.

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The Blair Witch Project. Considering that "film" was shot mostly (except for the interviews, which were shot on 16mm black-and-white) on analog Hi-8 video, one can't even call the bulk of the movie "cinematography". It's VIDEOGRAPHY, more like IDIOGRAPHY, shot handheld on auto-exposure and auto-focus. "Marshmallows: Soft..." Horrible.

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Totally agree. The Blair Witch Project was so highly hyped when it first came out. What a disappointment to view. Shaky camera is not movie-making; it's just stupid amateurism by a group of dorky kids saying, "I've got a great idea; let's make a movie". Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland they are not.

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Not all, but some of the folks who responded to your inquiry have a limited understanding of choices made for aesthetic reasons. Just my two cents.

That being said, I see editing being more of a problem. A cinematographer could have some truly wonderful shots that are not only pleasing to the eye but serve to communicate the intent of the scene, and yet with the wrong editor, all of it could be in vain; for example, if there are too many cutaways that serve no narrative purpose, or if perhaps he or she scene cuts to a reverse shot "just because," which can throw off the pacing of a scene.

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Taken 2 and 3, shaky cam and over editing, no shot lasts longer than 5 seconds and if it does the camera is moving

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Agreed! You could never absorb any character when it's shot like this. MTV should get a class action lawsuit against them for starting this nonsense. Viewing a movie was meant to be like sitting on the sidelines watching the action in your safe zone. This is what's natural and it's what we do.

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The Blair Witch Project
was obviously intended - by someone - to impress someone with its creative photography. That bordered on handing a 3-year old a video camera and telling her to do with it what comes natural.

Natural turned out to be perfect incompetence. Shaking a camera while recording images is a 3-year-old's specialty.

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