Lubezki is Sharing Amazing Making Of Photos from 'The Revenant'

November 27, 2015

The Revenant Photos

The master let's us take a look through his lens. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, known as "Chivo", is very likely going to win his third Oscar for filming The Revenant, the latest from director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (they also made Birdman together). The film opens in theaters later in December, but is getting early rave reviews for it's remarkable cinematography. Every last scene was shot using only natural, real light - no Hollywood tricks or lightbanks, it's all authentic. Lubezki joined Instagram a few years ago, but recently has been posting shots of various people and scenes from the filming of The Revenant in Canada (which went on for almost a year during late 2014/early 2015). Many of these characters are background characters, but they're definitely in it. Lubezki is a true master and every shot he takes is stunning to see.

Here's some of the best photos from Emmanuel Lubezki's Instagram during the making of The Revenant:

For even more photos from Lubezki, follow him on Instagram @chivexp. Watch The Revenant trailer here.

Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. The Revenant is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Oscar winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel). Fox will release The Revenant in theaters on December 25th, Christmas Day.

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Yay for real people! Yay for natural light! Yay for the craft!

DAVIDPD on Nov 27, 2015


Thanks you just explained to me the nagging uncomfortable feeling while watching the recent Warcraft trailer.

Mr. Kaneda on Nov 30, 2015


I don't understand you. Most of these pictures are astonishing. With no lights no less. Shooting something on film doesn't make a photo nicer. It adds a gritty quality, but these would look the same or worse if they were shot in film. Digital is simply better in almost every category. Better quality, cheaper, easier to edit, easier to backup, easier to film, etc. Birdman may not have the best visuals ever, but it is incredible how Lubezki crafted such a wonderful film. It was different which you can't say about most films now a days. You seem to be stuck in the past and unable to accept change. Art is something that must change and evolve. Just look at the renaissance. Those who dare to push the limits and try different things deserve a lot credit. In the end it may not be perfect, but will help future projects.

Josh Engel on Nov 27, 2015


I also have studied a lot of photography and also strongly prefer film over digital almost 100 percent of the time but frankly, youre being a little bit of an ass. Use your education and skills and personal preferences to make great art, not demean people.

jay on Nov 29, 2015


lol bro, chill. You seem like a blast at parties. Settle down and drink some tea or something. Youre right, I dont think I'm up to this. Im more for civil discourse than strange and unnecessary anger and belligerence.

jay on Nov 30, 2015


"interruptations" good. Im just so confused here. I think I might be a victim of really good trolling.

jay on Nov 30, 2015


still loling at this incredible trolling, Bo

jay on Feb 11, 2016


Lol. Don't name drop your alma mater if it's Arizona State, dude. It's not going to strengthen your argument for a lot of people.

Penkalski on Nov 28, 2015


Deakins is a world-class amateur compared to Lubezki. That's saying something.

Bloost on Nov 28, 2015


Deakins is pretty dang good. He's one of the few who can compete with Lubezki.

Alex Billington on Nov 28, 2015


You have no idea what you're talking about. It is common knowledge in the greater film industry that Deakins is one of the most highly regarded and respected cinematographers in the world.

evilED on Nov 28, 2015


I just don't agree with Deakin's choices. His recent work hasn't been up to snuff.

Bloost on Nov 28, 2015


Hey @disqus_yyq0lnHEEt:disqus ...who are some of your favorite DP's ? Im a huge fan of Conrad Hall, Deakins, CJ Fukunaga, Janusz Kaminski, Robert Yeoman, Ernest Dickerson and Donald McAlpine. (Wow. That was a lot.)

Duane on Nov 29, 2015


Lubezki is more ballsy, I'll give him that. He seems to be more focused on movies that are a challenge to cinematographers in some way (CGI integration in Gravity, Long shot in Birdman, All natural light in Revenant), but Deacons serves the story. The reason he has never been the household name that Lubezki has become is because he serves the story over any sort of gimmick or challenge. I love and respect the Hell out of Lubezki, but I love Deacons more because the story comes first at all costs, even if that means he doesnt get to be as flashy

jay on Nov 29, 2015


I disagree. Lubezki doesn't do these "gimmicks" for the sake of it. Natural light is never a gimmick, first of all. Second, he manages to convert these challenges and make them pure visual storytelling. Birdman, for example, has a very good reason for the long shot: it's about us being the spectator in Riggan's mundane existence. The compositions he uses to get across the point is subtle yet effective. By the way, I'm not disrespecting Deakins. He's one of the best right now, for sure. When I said "that's saying something", I mean you have to be really good in order to beat him, in my opinion.

Bloost on Nov 29, 2015


I dont disagree really with what youre saying. Gimmick was a poor word choice, I dont mean to imply that what Lubezki is doing is just performing some cheap tricks to look cool or anything. I guess there were just a few scenes in Birdman which I thought really would have benefitted from a cut (the rooftop scenes between Norton and Stone, for example, seemed like a cut would have really helped both the framing and the pacing of the story). I appreciate that he is tackling huge challenges and committing to them 100% and succeeding almost entirely, but Im sure there will be at least a few shots in Revenant where I will find myself thinking 'wouldnt this shot look better with just a little kick light to fill out the back?', or 'Wouldnt this shot be more effective with a harder light somewhere?' I think sometimes the shots suffer from the total commitment to these creative challenges and in turn, the story as well. But i know Im being picky, so im definitely not saying your opinion is wrong.

jay on Nov 29, 2015


Art is, as they say, "in the eye of the beholder". These photos are true art whether digital, film or done with crayons. And I should know, I didn't go to Arizona State when I studied fine art. 😉

Todd on Nov 29, 2015


Dude. Take a joke and chill. That was why I put the ";)". I received my BFA and MFA from another school in photography (which is usually part of a fine arts department) and now live in AZ. I have a good friend who is a professor at ASU in fine arts/photography and I am occasionally asked to talk to ASU classes due to my work in advertising. I agree it's a good program. I just thought it was funny how people judge good or bad photography. Apparently not that funny.

Todd on Nov 29, 2015

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