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.
Photography is a very important part of my life.
I don't think of myself as a director or writer. I think of myself as a filmmaker.
Every once in a while, when the audience is expecting to see one thing, you have to show them something else.
Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.
My peers say I have made a difference. That means more to me than winning an Oscar.
Contrast is what makes photography interesting.
To me, the camera is like a musical instrument. You use it to control the flow, shape, size and colors of images.
In aptitude tests, I scored highest in music.
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.
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 was very happy sitting alone at a dining room table, writing a script.
I hope I'm still shooting when I'm 80.
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.
Painting and writing are solitary arts.
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.
That's why I like fast film. It gives you more freedom to light more naturally.
I can still recall the thrill of shooting my first film.
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.
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