Cinematography- Adrain Biddle

One thing I noticed in scenes was the cinematography in Thelma and Louise. The composition of the night time scenes especially grabbed my attention with it’s use of colours and the desert scenes. With that I wanted to learn a lot more about the artist’s work and techniques. His name is Adrain Biddle; an english cinematographer (1952-2005)

Films Adrain Biddle has worked on (Apart from Thelma and Louise):

  • V for Vendetta
  • Aliens
  • The Mummy & The Mummy Returns
  • The Princess Bride
  • 101 & 102 Dalmatians
  • Judge Dredd (1995)
  • The World is Not Enough
  • Willow
  • Bridget Jone’s Diary: The Edge of Reason

Adrian Biddle previously worked with Ridley Scott as a Force Puller and a loader. He first worked with Ridley Scott on a commercial for Apple Computers in 1984. Adrain Biddle only started his professional career as the director of photography on Aliens (1986) When Ridley Scott introduced Biddle to director James Cameron. [Raw, Laurence, ‘The Ridley Scott Encyclopaedia’,pg 30, Scarecrow Press, 2009]

‘One Perfect shot'[Accessed 8th Feb 2016]
For Thelma and Louise; Ridley Scott’s next collaboration with Biddle, he was in charge of the film’s distinctive look. (Landscapes of oil rigs, cheap motels, coffee houses) The films open horizons invest the story with an “epic quality” giving the story significance.  As the story of Thelma and Louise progresses signifiers such as roadblock and characters symbolise male territory.Biddle shows that the landscape is not a land of freedom and is designed to be an obstacles for women. Thelma and Louise was shot using two cameras focusing on aggressive moments to pump visual energy into the film. Biddle sought “To create a world which was the reflection of the characters, an environment that mirrored the drama, humour or pathos that they were experiencing at any given moment around any curve in the road.”Thelma and Louise was considered Biddle’s most recognised achieve for capturing the “cinematic journey.”[Raw, Laurence, ‘The Ridley Scott Encyclopaedia’, pg 30-31, Scarecrow Press, 2009]

‘Thelma and Louise in Colour'[Accessed 8th Feb 2016]
Looking at his work is a great influence; its a pity he has died before making more work. However his filmography has covered many blockbuster films that you can see his work has made an impact to audiences.




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