ZOOM IN ON THIS…

            I’ve always been of mixed mind regarding zoom lenses, though there’s no longer any reason to be that way.  It probably goes back to my early training when their optical quality fell short of primes and cinematographers regarded them warily.  For a long time zoom choices were limited – the 1970’s and ’80’s workhorses … Continue reading “ZOOM IN ON THIS…”

1.12.2021

LIGHTING DIAGRAM #23 – THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO

            Happy New Year…!             Jeff Daniels’ character Ted Baxter (a 1930’s movie star who has stepped off the screen and into real life) tries to explain himself to several other characters.  This scene takes place in an empty church.  Find it at the 00:45:17 mark on the DVD.             This scene provides an example … Continue reading “LIGHTING DIAGRAM #23 – THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO”

1.1.2021

GOOD CHARACTER AND PEACE OF MIND

            There’s a moment in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors (photographed by Sven Nyqvist, ASC) in which his character, Cliff Stern, visits his aging parents at their apartment in Brooklyn.  In the midst of an existential crisis, Cliff asks his off-camera father a simple but perplexing question: “Why were there Nazis?”  The elder Stern’s reply … Continue reading “GOOD CHARACTER AND PEACE OF MIND”

12.29.2020

GRATITUDE

            With Christmas so close, I thought this was an appropriate subject for today…             Sincere displays of gratitude have become as difficult to find as a mainstream journalist without an agenda.  Sure, you can point to the teary theatrics of awards season, but those are generally so transparent as to not withstand a second … Continue reading “GRATITUDE”

12.22.2020

READ THIS BOOK #3

            Well, read these books, actually…             Cinematography isn’t just about lighting, composition, color, camera movement and the post-production supervision of the work.  It also encompasses a variety of management skills, the mastery of which will determine your effectiveness as an artist and collaborator.  Everything any one of us sets out to achieve revolves around … Continue reading “READ THIS BOOK #3”

12.15.2020