You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.
There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors... it's an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job.
Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten.
Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.
Cinematography is infinite in its possibilities... much more so than music or language.
Painting and writing are solitary arts.
Every once in a while, when the audience is expecting to see one thing, you have to show them something else.
I don't think of myself as a director or writer. I think of myself as a filmmaker.
Photography is a very important part of my life.
Contrast is what makes photography interesting.
It was 100 feet of 16 mm black-and-white film of a car coming to a stop sign, and driving off. I had to decide how to frame and light it. It was magic. There was a sense of mystery.
The audience has to understand that if the film is going to have any meaning for them. If they are going to empathize with the characters, they have to visualize the process of concentration involved in making every move.
With today's fast films, you can light the way your eye sees the scene. You can abuse the film and create subtleties in contrast with light and exposure, diffusion and filters. That's what makes it an art.
There are a lot of directors who are knowledgeable about images, and others who aren't.
The sun is the most parallel light source because it is so far away.
The closer the source of light is to a subject, the broader the beams are.
My peers say I have made a difference. That means more to me than winning an Oscar.
It is also difficult to articulate the subtleties in cinema, because there aren't words or metaphors which describe many of the emotions you are attempting to evoke.
It's important to know that if you are dealing with shadows.
I hope I'm still shooting when I'm 80.
But you know you haven't done it all because you know everything keeps evolving and changing; and you know you can evolve with it if you grow and develop as a human being.
Billions of people have seen and been influenced by movies in the short history of this industry.
Every cinematographer I worked with had his own way of solving problems.
I can still recall the thrill of shooting my first film.
I suppose I would still be a communicator, maybe a musician.
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