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The Late Gordon Willis on What a Cinematographer Does

Jon Fauer republishes an interview he did 8 years ago with cinematographer Gordon Willis (The Godfather, Annie Hall) who passed away last week.

Said Willis about the job of a cinematographer, “My out-of-pocket answer would have to be that the DP’s job is to transpose the written word into visual storytelling. A longer version of what a cinematographer does is probably being a visual psychiatrist. We move an audience around as we see fit at given times, painting pictures in the dark, kind of like a dream-maker. A very short version of what a cinematographer does is set lights.”

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