Chapter Six. Cinematography


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. You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.


The art of cinematography, like that of production design and direction, is entirely wrapped up in the details of story. Gordon Willis, a master cinematographer who has shot films such as The Godfather, The Godfather II, and All the President’s Men, and much of Woody Allen’s early work, ...

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