A Video Tribute to the Golden Glory of Filming During 'Magic Hour'

October 25, 2015
Source: Fandor

Magic Hour

Ah yes, who can resist magic hour. As a photographer, I know so well the golden glory of this time of the day. It's the time, right before the sun sets, when it's right on the edge of the horizon and shines golden and makes the sky turn beautiful colors. It's always lovely. Fandor presents this fantastic, gorgeous video tribute of edited footage from many great films with scenes shot during magic hour. All the best cinematographers out there, Deakins, Lubezki, Kaminski, Pfister, Elswit, they all shoot during magic hour because it's just so perfect and irresistible. And because it can help convey feelings - just watch this and your heart will quickly swell up with emotion. "Watch the sun progress its way through magic hour in a variety of films—starting with the first ray of golden light, and ending with the last glimmer of the day." This is the beauty of cinema.

From Fandor's Vimeo: "Filming at 'magic hour' provides more than stunning images—it creates emotion." The post for the Fandor video edited by Jacob T. Swinney describes magic hour as "the short period between sunset and nightfall (the term can also be applied to the period between sunrise and daybreak). In the words of film producer Philip Hobbs, magic hour is 'that delightful time of the day when you're all exhausted and the lighting is perfect.' During this small sliver of time, the sun produces light that is much warmer and softer than the light available throughout majority of the day. A cinematographer's dream, magic hour often eliminates the need for artificial lighting and adds a sense of unmistakable natural beauty to a film." My favorite shots are ones from Spike Jonze's films - Her and Where the Wild Things Are. Yours?

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Dusk 'till Dawn.

DAVIDPD on Oct 25, 2015


Also, from a photography standpoint, there's a very practical application to the magic hour. The light is usually "perfect" for photography because it's still bright enough to take good pictures with natural light, but it's not as harsh as direct sunlight.

TheOct8pus on Oct 26, 2015

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