Keep shooting and have fun experimenting…take every opportunity even if it doesn’t seem like it’s what you want to be doing at the time. On every picture you will meet someone you will feel close to creatively and will want to work with again. Try and meet people who want to tell stories the same way you want to, and build that group; on every project you learn something. Just be daring and don’t be stuck in set ways and apply the same approach over and over again. You will find a new language when you take chances. The payoff it offers is that we’re not all manufacturing the same product.
If it’s too perfect, you don’t believe it. I want it a little out of focus. I don’t want you to admire the image. You never stop to look - so you feel.
I went to see the London production of Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre yesterday. Something I have been counting down to all the way through my exams when I first booked the tickets. Phantom of the Opera is my absolute favourite musical, after seeing the film and 25th Anniversary version, it didn’t disappoint in the slightest. Just like Frankenstein is the most fantastic play I have ever seen, Phantom of the Opera will always be the best musical I have seen.
The mood of tragedy is enhanced by a strong contrast of deep blacks and glaring whites - shadows and highlights. In drama we light for mood, we paint poems. Lighting with its ups and downs becomes a symphonic construction paralleling the dramatic sequences.