You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.
Cinematography is infinite in its possibilities... much more so than music or language.
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.
To me, the camera is like a musical instrument. You use it to control the flow, shape, size and colors of images.
Billions of people have seen and been influenced by movies in the short history of this industry.
In aptitude tests, I scored highest in music.
It's important to know that if you are dealing with shadows.
Every once in a while, when the audience is expecting to see one thing, you have to show them something else.
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.
Painting and writing are solitary arts.
Photography is a very important part of my life.
Contrast is what makes photography interesting.
I don't think of myself as a director or writer. I think of myself as a filmmaker.
The closer the source of light is to a subject, the broader the beams are.
The sun is the most parallel light source because it is so far away.
That's why I like fast film. It gives you more freedom to light more naturally.
My peers say I have made a difference. That means more to me than winning an Oscar.
I hope I'm still shooting when I'm 80.
It took a while for me to grasp that my colleagues believe I have made an impact on the history of cinema.
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.
I was very happy sitting alone at a dining room table, writing a script.
I suppose I would still be a communicator, maybe a musician.
I can still recall the thrill of shooting my first film.
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