Joel Hodge is an American cinematographer, best known for being the Director of Photography for the independent film Bellflower. Hodge was nominated for the 2012 Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography, losing to the significantly bigger budget The Artist. The award was announced the day before The Artist won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Eric Kohn of IndieWire criticized the inclusion of The Artist into awards that should recognize lesser known films. He suggested Hodge should have been given the recognition. Screen Junkies also included both cinematographers among three it named Best Cinematographers for 2012.John Anderson of Variety singles out Hodge for his menacing lighting and artful lensing. Anderson also rates Hodge as one of his 10 to watch.Hodge was able to master the one-of-a-kind camera designed and built by the director of the film, Evan Glodell. It combined vintage camera parts, bellows and Russian lenses, around a Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini Digital Cinema camera. It required a chain of people to carry the Macintosh computer and batteries necessary for the contraption to work.Hodge also appeared in the film Bellflower in a small role.
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