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.
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.
Every once in a while, when the audience is expecting to see one thing, you have to show them something else.
Every cinematographer I worked with had his own way of solving problems.
Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.
Contrast is what makes photography interesting.
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.
I was very happy sitting alone at a dining room table, writing a script.
It's important to know that if you are dealing with shadows.
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.
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.
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.
I can still recall the thrill of shooting my first film.
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.
The closer the source of light is to a subject, the broader the beams are.
You have to understand the nature of light.
I suppose I would still be a communicator, maybe a musician.
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