Emmanuel Lubezki

Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern, AMC, ASC (Spanish pronunciation: [emaˈnwel luˈβeski]; born 30 November 1964) is a Mexican cinematographer.[1] He sometimes goes by the nickname Chivo, which means "goat" in Spanish.[2][3] Lubezki has worked with many acclaimed directors, including Mike Nichols, Tim Burton, Michael Mann, Joel and Ethan Coen, and frequent collaborators Terrence Malick, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro González Iñárritu.[4]

Emmanuel Lubezki
Born
Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern

November 30, 1964 (1964-11-30) (age 55)
Other namesChivo
Alma materNational Autonomous University of Mexico
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1983–present
OrganizationMexican Society of Cinematographers
American Society of Cinematographers
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Cinematography
2015 The Revenant
2014 Birdman
2013 Gravity

BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
2015 The Revenant
2014 Birdman
2013 Gravity
2007 Children of Men

Ariel Award for Best Cinematography
1993 Like Water for Chocolate
1994 Miroslava
1995 Ámbar

Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
2014 Birdman

Lubezki is known for groundbreaking uses of natural lighting and continuous uninterrupted shots in cinematography, often utilizing a Steadicam, a 3-axis gimbal, or hand-held camera to orchestrate fluid, uninterrupted camera movements during particularly significant scenes. His work has been praised by audiences and critics alike, which earned him multiple awards, including eight Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography. He won in this category three times, becoming the first person to do so in three consecutive years, for Gravity (2013), Birdman (2014), and The Revenant (2015).

Early lifeEdit

Lubezki was born to a Jewish family in Mexico City, Mexico.[4][5][6] His father was actor and producer Muni Lubezki.[7] His paternal grandfather is Lithuanian Jewish while his grandmother is also Jewish, from Russia.[8] Lubezki studied film at Mexico's Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC), where he met Alfonso Cuarón.[4]

CareerEdit

Lubezki began his career in Mexican film and television productions in the late 1980s. His first international production was the 1993 independent film Twenty Bucks, which followed the journey of a single twenty-dollar bill.

Lubezki is a frequent collaborator with fellow Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. The two have been friends since they were teenagers and attended the same film school[9] at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.[2] Together they have worked on six motion pictures: Sólo Con Tu Pareja, A Little Princess, Great Expectations, Y Tu Mamá También, Children of Men, and Gravity. His work with Cuarón on Children of Men (2006) has received universal acclaim.[10] The film utilized a number of new technologies and distinctive techniques. The "roadside ambush" scene was shot in one extended take utilizing a special camera rig invented by Doggicam systems, developed from the company's Power Slide system.[11] For the scene, a vehicle was modified to enable seats to tilt and lower actors out of the way of the camera. The windshield of the car was designed to tilt out of the way to allow camera movement in and out through the front windscreen. A crew of four, including Lubezki, rode on the roof. Children of Men also features a seven-and-a-half-minute battle sequence composed of roughly five seamless edits.

Lubezki won his first Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Cuarón's Gravity, a thriller set in outer space.[12][13] The film was praised for the way it combined two shots through digital backgrounds of space to create the illusion of scenes done in a single shot.[14] Lubezki won his second Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the following year for his work on Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. The film used a similar technique from Gravity, being very unusual in the way the entire movie was shot so as to appear to be photographed in one continuous take.[15] Lubezki won the award again in 2015 for Iñárritu's The Revenant, becoming a milestone for his third consecutive win and for being the first cinematographer to do so.[16] The film was shot entirely in the wilderness during a cold season, minimizing the amount of CGI and using only natural lighting. It was an extremely difficult process that required a limited amount of time to shoot each scene, which delayed the production, causing budget overruns and changes of locations for proper settings. However, The Revenant earned over $500 million at the box office and received critical acclaim, with much praise for the film's atmospheric tone and realism.

Lubezki won the Royal Photographic Society Lumière Award for major achievement in cinematography, video or animation in 2016.

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released

FilmEdit

Year Title Director Note
1990 Bandidos Luis Estrada
1991 Sólo con Tu Pareja Alfonso Cuarón 1st collaboration with Cuarón
1992 Like Water for Chocolate Alfonso Arau Co-cinematographer with Steven Bernstein
The Harvest David Marconi 1st American film
1993 Miroslava Alejandro Pelayo
Twenty Bucks Keva Rosenfeld
1994 Ámbar Luis Estrada
Reality Bites Ben Stiller
1995 A Little Princess Alfonso Cuarón
A Walk in the Clouds Alfonso Arau
1996 The Birdcage Mike Nichols
1998 Great Expectations Alfonso Cuarón
Meet Joe Black Martin Brest
1999 Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rodrigo García
2001 Y Tu Mamá También Alfonso Cuarón
Ali Michael Mann
2003 The Cat in the Hat Bo Welch
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Niels Mueller Also associate producer
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Brad Silberling
2005 The New World Terrence Malick 1st collaboration with Malick
2006 Children of Men Alfonso Cuarón
2008 Burn After Reading Joel and Ethan Coen
2011 The Tree of Life Terrence Malick
2012 To the Wonder
2013 Gravity Alfonso Cuarón
2014 Birdman Alejandro González Iñárritu 1st collaboration with Iñárritu
2015 Last Days in the Desert Rodrigo García
Knight of Cups Terrence Malick
The Revenant Alejandro González Iñárritu
2017 Song to Song Terrence Malick
TBD The Devil's Teeth Paul Atkins

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Director Note
1983 Vengeance Is Mine Alfonso Cuarón
Carlos Marcovich
1985 Sera por eso que la quiero tanto Carlos Marcovich
1988 Los buzos diamantistas Marcela Couturier
1990 La muchacha Dorotea Guerra
2002 From Mesmer, with Love or Tea for Two Alejandro Lubezki
Salvador Aguirre
2007 Anna Alejandro González Iñárritu Segment of To Each His Own Cinema
2010 Write the Future
2017 Flesh and Sand

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Note
1989-90 La hora marcada 8 episodes
1990 El motel de la muerte Television film
1993 Fallen Angels 2 episodes

CableACE Award for Direction of Photography in a Series

2010 Dick Tracy Special Television film
2018 Dior: Joy Television advertisement

Awards and nominationsEdit

Academy AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Category Result
1995 A Little Princess Best Cinematography Nominated
1999 Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2005 The New World Nominated
2006 Children of Men Nominated
2011 The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman Won
2015 The Revenant Won

BAFTA AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Category Result
2006 Children of Men Best Cinematography Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman Won
2015 The Revenant Won

Satellite AwardsEdit

Year Work Category Result
1999 Sleepy Hollow Best Cinematography Won
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Nominated
2011 The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 Gravity Nominated
2014 Birdman Nominated
2015 The Revenant Nominated

American Society of CinematographersEdit

Year Work Category Result
1999 Sleepy Hollow Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
2006 Children of Men Won
2011 The Tree of Life Won
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman Won
2015 The Revenant Won

Film festivalsEdit

Year Festival Category Work Result
1992 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution Like Water for Chocolate Won
1993 Havana Film Festival Best Cinematography Miroslava Won
1994 Sitges Film Festival Best Cinematography Ámbar Won
2006 Mar del Plata International Film Festival Kodak Award The New World Won
Venice Film Festival Golden Osella: Outstanding Technical Contribution Children of Men Won
2011 Camerimage Golden Frog: Main Competition The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 Best 3D Feature Film Gravity Won
Wine Country Film Festival Best Cinematography Won
2014 Camerimage Golden Frog: Main Competition Birdman Nominated

Other AwardsEdit

Year Title Award Result
1991 Sólo con Tu Pareja Ariel Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
1992 Like Water for Chocolate Won
Tokyo International Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution Award Won
1993 Miroslava Ariel Award for Best Cinematography Won
Havana Film Festival Award for Best Cinematography Won
1994 Ámbar Ariel Award for Best Cinematography Won
Sitges Maria Award for Best Cinematography Won
1999 Sleepy Hollow Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2005 The New World San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2006 Children of Men Golden Osella for Outstanding Technical Contribution Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Won
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2011 The Tree of Life Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Won
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Won
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
2012 To the Wonder San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
2013 Gravity Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Won
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2014 Birdman Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Won
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2015 The Revenant Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Won
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Nominated

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ "Children of Men". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
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  15. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (December 30, 2014). "Oscars: 'Birdman' Cinematographer Reveals Secrets Behind Movie's Ingenious "Single Shot" Look". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
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