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Best Use of Cinematography in a Season Nine Episode (or possibly ever)

"Do You Believe in Miracles?"


Such a haunting visual of Sam drinking alone in the dark library.  The light behind him shows just enough of how much pain Sam is feeling (it's loads).  Gorgeous.  

That's all for season nine!  This time next year I'll do it all again for season ten!  Is there any awards that you'd like to give that haven't been mentioned?  Please share in the comments.  

(Screencaps from Home of the Nutty)


# BookLady 2014-07-21 22:22

I love you!

By the by, maybe the demon blood introduced early into his system made Sam's head harder than a normal human's?
# cheryl42 2014-07-21 23:04
I had the same thought about the demon blood. But on the up side when Sam is knocked out his hair is all fluffy. ;)
# Lilah_Kane 2014-07-22 07:18
Mostly I can agree on your list.

I also really loved the Best teaser. The opening of Captives was awesome because of the camera work and in general because of the bunker.
I wish they would use it more and we could ravel all it secrets slowly.

- Lilah
# E 2014-07-22 07:31
I agree with you about that last shot of Sam in the library; Serge Ledouceur is Rembrandt with a camera…. the way he pulls your eye around the frame using the light, its absolutely gorgeous like a painting.
# BRR 2014-07-22 13:11
How about best lighting design, also in "Do you believe in miracles?" I'm thinking of that orange light that Dean was standing over--It lined his face so beautifully (almost looked like something from a really great graphic novel) and foreshadowed the end of the episode as well.
# Alice 2014-07-22 23:50
Awesome choice! You mean this one?

# Vince 2014-07-23 07:21
Sam was 11-years-old in the episode, it's just they cast cast the actors to be two years younger and changed it in post. I have no probably with Sam looking, small. It's well established that he was a scrawny kid. As for it being OOC for him to be playing with a toy, that has nothing to do with canon on the show, there is nothing to contradict that he did have a toy or two, it's you interjecting your beliefs for the character.
# dellamirandola 2014-07-24 14:09
The thing I love about the shot of Sam alone in the library is that it recalls the shot in season 8 where Sam is writing and Dean is sitting with his feet up drinking whisky in the bunker ( (" pernaturalwiki. com/index.php?t itle=File:Bunke rlibrary813_.JP G")) - as the wiki summarises it: 'Dean and Sam are in the Bunker after the hunt, Dean goes to the fridge and gets out a couple of beers, however after Sam tells him that he is filling out one of the MoL files on the hunt, Dean changes his mind and goes for the decanter on the bookcase instead. Dean and Sam sit at the table, both with expensive glasses of scotch, they each tilt their glass at the other. Then Sam goes back to working and Dean sighs contentedly.'

I wonder if that was a deliberate recall?
# novi 2014-07-25 09:58
Yes, Dellamirandola, I think it was. So incredibly sad. Sam memorising better times sitting all alone...
Speking of cinematography there should be an additional reward for unusual and beautiful angles like in the finale when dead Dean is shown with the Blade in his hand, and the hand suddenly looks so small, not the hand of a warrior, but a child, almost. And in Purge lying on the sacks of sweet potatoes Dean looks so funny thanks to the angle of shooting. Hmm, to sum it up, we need more pictures of lying Dean.
# debbab 2014-07-25 13:28
Also a recall Dean drinking in the cabin when Sam dies end of season 2. Also a recall of the mean,lean, tunnel vision Sam as seen in Mystery Spot on Wednesday before the trickster takes it back to current day. Sam's focus will be so narrow that he is apt to make some bad choices. Dean doesn't want to be found which will frustrate Sam all the more and send him down a dark, dark, road.
The lighting in 10.23 should be recognized.
# debbab 2014-07-25 13:30
Camera man Brad needs a shout out!!!