Sometimes it's useful to stop, take stock and just remember why it is we shoot what we do, and what we are trying to do with our work. With this in mind, and to stoke the fires of your inspiration, the filmmaking accessories manufacturer, Zacuto, recently released ‘Light & Shadow’, a wonderful 20 minute film by Steve Weiss which asks searching questions from some legendary American cinematographers. Whether you are a photographer or videographer, I guarantee you’ll be inspired and come away with some wonderful insights from this short film.
Although most of us are so pressured by time that taking even just 20 minutes of our day to watch a short film can feel like a significant commitment, there are just too many wonderful little insights, from too many great minds not to spend at least some time today watching 'Light & Shadow'. It doesn’t matter if you shoot stills or motion, we all aim to tell a story and convey emotion through our image making in some form or another, and this speaks directly the heart of what the film is all about.
The video can be found in 720p on Zacuto's website (click that link to take you there).
Some of the insights I took away:
1). Asking legendary cinematographers, 'What is cinematography?'
2). Asking them 'Where does talent come from?'
3). Hearing the comparison between telling a story with a single frame (photography) VS motion (film)
4). Finding out some of the films that inspired the cinematographers
5). Hearing about the importance of developing your own perspective and way of seeing
As Zacuto puts it on their website:
“If you have only one takeaway from Light & Shadow, let it be a reminder that cinematography, like all art forms, is something that comes from within. The technical can be taught, and anyone can pick up a camera and learn how to operate it. To capture an emotion and move an audience through visual storytelling is what real artists are all about.”
If you are looking for a little inspiration, you could do a lot worse than check out Light & Shadow. Enjoy, and if you did take away anything positive, please feel free to let me know what it was in the comments section, I would love to know what you got from this wonderful little gem.