Great Cinematographers, Part 7: Robert D. Yeoman

Robert D. Yeoman (b. 1951), the favorite cinematographer of Wes Anderson since the mid-90s, has helped Anderson created the colorful aesthetic that his fans know and love. Yeoman has photographed other notable films, from indie (Drugstore Cowboy, Dogma, The Squid and the Whale) to bigger-budget (Yes Man, Bridesmaids, The Heat) but for me, his work with Wes Anderson is the true testament to his abilities.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, dir. Wes Anderson) – Notice how sunshine enters the picture once Margot shows up, brightening Richie’s world.

The Darjeeling Limited (2007, dir. Wes Anderson) – I had issues with The Darjeeling Limited but I do love the cinematography. For some reason it’s impossible to find individual clips from the film on YouTube but the trailer does a nice job of showing well-shot and well-lit scenes especially highlighting the color yellow.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012, dir. Wes Anderson) – This is my favorite Anderson film. I love the pastel palette. Also take note of the book Suzy holds up, Coping with the Very Troubled Child, which is a reference to the film Bonjour Tristesse (which I blogged about yesterday).


2 thoughts on “Great Cinematographers, Part 7: Robert D. Yeoman

  1. Robert, as a fellow Duke student (1953), I’d like to share with you a film script (Deep Water) based on my novel SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER. Because the story is based in the mountains on a tobacco farm, I thought you might have some vested interest in the love story between a “white” farm boy and a “colored” sharecropper girl.
    E. Reid Gilbert

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