Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944) was a French author, poet and pioneering aviator perhaps best known for his novella, The Little Prince.  Look him up for the story of an interesting life.

            One of his quotes has always stayed with me.  Though somewhat ironic as it applies to cinematography and its massively attendant technology, the point is clear, and in the words of Henry Kissinger, “…has the added bonus of being true.”

            “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.  What is essential is invisible to the eye.”


3 thoughts on “A FRENCH KISS”

  1. That’s funny, that quote from “The Little Prince”, which I read every 10 years, is one of my motto when I work as cinematographer. I used that quote few times to explain to the director that we don’t always have to see a perfectly illuminated close up of the character, because that shot doesn’t deliver the feeling, doesn’t talk to the heart. It’s not only on the shoulder of the actor to express an emotion; the composition of the entire frame express the emotion and sometimes you need a silhouette in order to make the audience feel what the character feels. The eyes see a face, but the heart sees an emotion.

  2. Well this nails it! Bang On. I may paint this on the wall here in our studio. This is at the heart of why we will always be moved by what is real. For me cinematography is about capturing that JOY in a way that resonates with others.

    Another quote from Antoine which I often rely upon is “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

    Thank you as always for sharing so much in this blog Richard.

    – Chris

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