Film School: The Cinematography of Benoit Debie

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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.

In Depth Cine‘s notes on the tools and techniques used by cinematographer Benoit Debie seek 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 offers this affectionate supercut of Debie’s work:

A selection of Benoit Debie’s work

(warning: contains 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)

More at Benoit Debie‘s website