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I can still recall the thrill of shooting my first film.
– Conrad Hall
In aptitude tests, I scored highest in music.
Contrast is what makes photography interesting.
Cinematography is infinite in its possibilities… much more so than music or language.
It took a while for me to grasp that my colleagues believe I have made an impact on the history of cinema.
There are a lot of directors who are knowledgeable about images, and others who aren’t.
I was very happy sitting alone at a dining room table, writing a script.
Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.
I saw Tequila Sunrise as a romantic picture with complex, bigger than life characters.
My first semester, I got a D in creative writing.
Painting and writing are solitary arts.
But at heart, I am more than a cinematographer.
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.
I hope I’m still shooting when I’m 80.
There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.
You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.
You have to understand the nature of light.
It’s important to know that if you are dealing with shadows.
Billions of people have seen and been influenced by movies in the short history of this industry.
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 knew exactly how I wanted it to play, but you are never sure until you watch the projected images reflect off the screen. That’s when you know it worked.
I realize that every picture isn’t a work of art.
Every cinematographer I worked with had his own way of solving problems.
Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten.
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.
That’s why I like fast film. It gives you more freedom to light more naturally.