Bradford Young. Learn that name, because the guy is about to break out in a big way. The cinematographer has been doing great work for a while now on films like Pariah and Middle of Nowhere, but his 2014 features A Most Violent Year and Selma display some of the best cinematography of the past few years. The guy has a bold, confident voice, and what’s spectacular about his work is that his approaches to A Most Violent Year and Selma are incredibly different, but both are absolutely phenomenal. A24 Films has released a new A Most Violent Year featurette in which director J.C. Chandor and Oscar Isaac talk about Young’s work on the film, which follows a businessman and his wife trying to hold on to their company in early 1980s New York. Young says he wanted to capture a “refined quality of decay” of the city in the film, and he does so to spectacular results.
Watch the A Most Violent Year featurette after the jump. The film opens in limited release on December 31st before expanding in January 2015. Selma opens on Christmas Day and expands on January 9, 2015. Both are well worth seeing.