Frank Awards 2014: Cinematography, Editing and Choreography

Another day of Frank Awards, another opportunity to mock me because of my awful taste in films. This day I’ve merged the categories of cinematography, editing and the choreography, mainly because the latter is so dependent on the previous two that is kinda dumb to give it its own day. Besides, as you maybe have noticed, the films mentioned haven’t had any “discussion”, except for the winners. I think this is a move from my part to say: these qualities are evident, now let’s see which I think is actually the best of them all. Hope you understand.

Best Cinematography

The winner last year was Matthias Grunsky for his splendid and surprising work in the black and white feature ‘Computer Chess’ (2013). In 2014 he was busy with a swiss TV show and with a documentary that hasn’t been making too many rounds named ‘The Syndrome’, he will be cinematographer in the new 2015 Bujalski project, so let’s see what awaits us.

The nominees are:


  • Robert D. Yeoman for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
  • Radek Ladczuk for ‘The Babadook’
  • Seamus McGarvey for ‘Godzilla’
  • Timo Salminen for ‘Jauja’
  • Leonardo Simões for ‘Cavalo Dinheiro’

Here the only returning nominee is Robert D. Yeoman, who actually was nominated for Wes Anderson’s previous movie, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (2012), returning this year once again with precious images. But, will he win? The rest of the slate is new, so it’s exciting, and varied movies and ways to look at cinematography present here.

So, the winner is:

Timo Salminen does something quite unseen with ‘Jauja’. He delivers layers without moving the camera and without too many elements inside the frame, he makes the burning sun something that reveals the rocky nature of the Patagonia, as if there was something hidden beyond what we see in the first term. Infinite and beyond comprehension, the way we see in ‘Jauja’ is different than in any other movie this year. Bravo.


Best Film Editing – Sally Menke Award

The winner of last year’s Sally Menke award was the Chinese multi tasking machine William Chang, who edited the WKW film ‘Yi dai zong shi’ (2013). During 2014 he didn’t have any editing tasks assigned to him, which is a shame. What editing skills will be nominated this year?

The nominees are:


  • Sandra Adair for ‘Boyhood’
  • Tom Cross for ‘Whiplash’
  • Jun’ichi Itô for ‘Tokyo Tribe’
  • Jabez Olssen for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’
  • Lee Smith for ‘Interstellar’

Once again a mostly new slate of editors that vie for the big prize that is named after one of the greatest film editors of all time that had won Frank Awards in the past. Lee Smith is the one repeat, after winning his first Frank Award for his work in another Christopher Nolan film, ‘Inception’ (2010). But, will he win again?

The winner is…

Sandra Adair did something wonderful with ‘Boyhood’, she managed to make a narrative that was 12 real long years and figure that something was going to happen, and concatenate it with the next, in such a seamless fashion that the sudden nature of the realization also brings forward the emotion and everything that the movie wants to be. She makes the movie work, let’s give it for her splendid work.


Best Choreography – Action

Last year the masterpiece of Wong Kar Wai, ‘Yi dai zong shi’ (2013) surprised me more than anything else that year, what kind of martial arts or fighting styles will shine upon us this year’s nominees?

The nominated films are:


  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Raid 2: Berandal
  • [REC] 4: Apocalipsis

And the best action choreography was in…

There’s no denying that ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ was one of the most exhilarating films in terms of how much fighting and choreography was used, and at the same time the amount of work done in doing these in the right way. There was no competition here, this movie is kick-ass, and once again, Asian films seem to dominate this category every year.


Best Choreography – Dance

Last year I asked you all to believe me that the dance choreography present in ‘Sao karaoke’ (2013) was something to behold, and I still ask you to believe it, as this movie remains little seen outside festivals. On the other hand, the movies nominated here…

The nominated films are:


  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Gui lai
  • Monty Python Live (Mostly)
  • Stage Fright
  • Tokyo Tribe

And the best dance choreography was in…

While being presented in the Oz theater in London, I think that the recorded work has still a value and scenes of wonderful craft, like the choreography in the ‘Penis Song’ (and its counterpart) from an enormous troop of dancers. Way to go!

MORE! Tomorrow! Soon!






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