Pursuit of excellence vs. acceptance of adequate…
To be a cinematographer is to engage with this challenge every minute of the day. It can be like dealing with a liquid puzzle, one that frequently changes and that we do not have absolute control over.
Therefore, we must constantly measure our creative vision in practical ways. Consider the eternal equation:
TIME – BUDGET – EQUIPMENT – CREW
Great cinematography is not just about lighting or any single part of our skill set. All four aspects must be managed effectively so as to enable everything else. To do so is to take the first step toward separating pedestrian work from the superb.