I’m watching a GREAT documentary about cinematographers, named “Cinematographer Style” (it’s there : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0847474/ and it’s 7.1 on IMDB, which is not bad at all if you know what it means).
110 of the world’s top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do.
What impresses me is that the director trusted the WORDS of these cinematographers (yes, directors of photography, the guys responsible of the image in movie making) so much that he never shows extracts of movies. You just have these geniuses talking about what they do.
And they’re clever, they’re smart, they’re THINKERS!
Something emerges of this :
There’s a dance between :
- They are skilled and they have ideas and a vision and they exactly know what to do.
- They adapt, they watch “the moment”, what the city gives, what the actors give, what the sun or the clouds give. They are opened and they dance with the necessities and what happens.
I also love these guys because they lecture us the splendidest way, and they’re always dancing with two sides of reality :
- They are artists but they are technicians
- They use natural light and artificial light
- They have a strong personality but they have to follow the director
- Thinkers but practical
Well, that’s all. Watch it if you find it and have fun : apply their words to your field. Learn from them. And if you’re interested, watch the films they worked on!
It made me happy, because they are generous thinkers…
Thanks for reading!