If you’ve seen a really fine-looking independent film in the past 12 years, there’s a damn fine chance it was shot by Harris Savides, an expert American cinematographer who, for reasons still unknown, passed away earlier today at the age of 55.
I’m fascinated by virtually every aspect of the filmmaking process, but there’s something about the art of cinematography that can move me explicably. A great cinematographer can provide images that evoke any number of emotions, possibly many at once. Savides had that ability. And more.
David Fincher, Noah Baumbach, Michel Gondry, Sofia Coppola, hell, even Woody Allen gave Savides a chance to tell their stories through his lens. I was planning on showing a few of my favorite Savides shots, with brief explanations as to why I like them. But on second thought, it’ll be much better to let the images do the talking.
Savides’ visual artistry will certainly be missed. But for now and always, we have these:
The Game, dir. by David Fincher (1997)
The Hire: The Follow, dir. by Wong Kar-wai (2001)
Gerry, dir. by Gus Van Sant (2002)
Elephant, dir. by Gus Van Sant (2003)
Birth, dir. by Jonathan Glazer (2004)
Last Days, dir. by Gus Van Sant (2005)
Zodiac, dir. by David Fincher (2007)
American Gangster, dir. by Ridley Scott (2007)
Margot at the Wedding, dir. by Noah Baumbach (2009)
Milk, dir. by Gus Van Sant (2008)
Greenberg, dir. by Noah Baumbach (2010)
Somewhere, dir. by Sofia Coppola (2010)
The man himself, discussing the films that influenced him.