THELONIOUS MONK ON HOW TO PLAY A GIG, PART 4

            …in which I continue to interpret the great jazz pianist’s rules – for use by cinematographers.             The inside of the tune (the bridge) is the part that makes the outside sound good.             There are no insignificant shots.  Nothing you do exists in a vacuum.  From the smallest insert to the sweeping vista, … Continue reading “THELONIOUS MONK ON HOW TO PLAY A GIG, PART 4”

9.7.2021

LIGHTING DIAGRAM #57 – SWAT

            Night\Exterior in a cemetery.  A bit of trivia: we shot this scene on the evening of Halloween…             Once again, an exercise in less-is-more.  The challenge – as with many Night\ Exteriors – was in lighting broad, open spaces quickly and easily without making them seem like they were lit.  Moments like these make … Continue reading “LIGHTING DIAGRAM #57 – SWAT”

8.27.2021

THELONIOUS MONK ON HOW TO PLAY A GIG, PART 2

            More guidance from the great jazz pianist that also applies to anyone working on a film set…             Discrimination is important.             Monk isn’t referencing a racial issue, evil as we know that to be.  He’s referring to the exercise of taste.  It’s the deciding factor in any artistic pursuit, the thing that separates … Continue reading “THELONIOUS MONK ON HOW TO PLAY A GIG, PART 2”

8.24.2021

THELONIOUS MONK ON HOW TO PLAY A GIG, PART 1

            Who is Thelonious Monk, you might ask?             Just behind my personal favorite – Phineas Newborn, Jr. – he’s the greatest jazz pianist to walk the earth (Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Vince Guaraldi and Dave Brubeck, please forgive me!).             If you’re not familiar, Google him and then…listen.             Monk was an … Continue reading “THELONIOUS MONK ON HOW TO PLAY A GIG, PART 1”

8.17.2021