Film School: The Cinematography of Benoit Debie

Benoit Debie - Lost River Benoit Debie (still from Lost River, 2014)

A look at the colours and compositions in music videos for The Carters and Rihanna, ads for fashion labels Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, and feature films such as Enter the Void and Spring Breakers.

Wolfcrow presents his notes on the techniques used by cinematographer Benoit Debie, and seeks to learn about his trademarks (or lack thereof):

  • natural light exteriors vs dramatically lit interiors
  • using colour to separate scenes
  • creating distinct looks using only available light and filters

Nosearmy’s supercut of Debie’s work offers its own loving montage:

A selection of Benoit Debie’s work

(warning: explicit imagery, NSFW)

Spring Breakers (2013)
Director: Harmony Korine

The Runaways (2010)
Director: Floria Sigismondi

Enter the Void (2010)
Director: Gaspar Noe

Lost River (2015)
Director: Ryan Gosling

Love (2015)
Director: Gaspar Noe

Yves Saint Laurent – ‘La Nuit de l’Homme’ (2011)
Director: Paul Gore

Givenchy – ‘Play’ (2015)
Director: Jéreemie Rozan

Rhianna – ‘BBHMM’
Directors: Rihanna & Megaforce

The Carters – ‘APES**T’
Director: Ricky Saiz

Further Viewing

Bonus: “Hidden Meanings Behind ‘APES**T'” (via Insider)