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Born: 1926-06-21
Profession: Artist
Nation: American
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That's why I like fast film. It gives you more freedom to light more naturally.

Tags: Freedom, Light, Why

The closer the source of light is to a subject, the broader the beams are.

Tags: Light, Source, Subject

The sun is the most parallel light source because it is so far away.

Tags: Away, Light, Sun

There are a lot of directors who are knowledgeable about images, and others who aren't.

Tags: Directors, Images, Others

You have to understand the nature of light.

Tags: Light, Nature, Understand

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.

Tags: Done, Grow, Human

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.

Tags: Off, Until, Wanted

I think one of the reasons people quit is because they're afraid they won't be able to get better and better; that they have to come to a zenith of some kind.

Tags: Able, Afraid, Won

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.

Tags: Difficult, Emotions, Words

It was 100 feet of 16 mm black-and-white film of a car coming to a stop sign, and driving off. I had to decide how to frame and light it. It was magic. There was a sense of mystery.

Tags: Car, Light, Sense

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.

Tags: Film, Making, Understand

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.

Tags: Job, Light, Speak

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.

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Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten.

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

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There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.

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Cinematography is infinite in its possibilities... much more so than music or language.

Tags: Infinite, Language, Music

I realize that every picture isn't a work of art.

Tags: Art, Picture, Work

Photography is a very important part of my life.

Tags: Life

Contrast is what makes photography interesting.

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I hope I'm still shooting when I'm 80.

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Billions of people have seen and been influenced by movies in the short history of this industry.

Tags: History, Movies, Short

But at heart, I am more than a cinematographer.

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Every cinematographer I worked with had his own way of solving problems.

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Every once in a while, when the audience is expecting to see one thing, you have to show them something else.

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I can still recall the thrill of shooting my first film.

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I don't think of myself as a director or writer. I think of myself as a filmmaker.

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I saw Tequila Sunrise as a romantic picture with complex, bigger than life characters.

Tags: Life, Romantic, Sunrise

I suppose I would still be a communicator, maybe a musician.

Tags: Maybe, Musician, Suppose

I want to tell a story and shape it all the way through to the end.

Tags: End, Story, Tell

I was very happy sitting alone at a dining room table, writing a script.

Tags: Alone, Happy, Writing

In aptitude tests, I scored highest in music.

Tags: Highest, Music, Tests

It took a while for me to grasp that my colleagues believe I have made an impact on the history of cinema.

Tags: History, Took, While

It's important to know that if you are dealing with shadows.

Tags: Dealing, Shadows

Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.

Tags: Music, Shadows, Writing

My first semester, I got a D in creative writing.

Tags: Creative, Semester, Writing

My peers say I have made a difference. That means more to me than winning an Oscar.

Tags: Difference, Means, Winning

Painting and writing are solitary arts.

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