Master Cinematographer Gordon Willis Talks The Godfather, Annie Hall etc.
Gordon Willis, the man behind the camera for classics such as The Godfather or Annie Hall left us last night. Fortunately, the Craft Truck dedicated two episodes to Willis, approximately an hour worth of video interview where Willis talks about his craft and career. One of the trademarks that make the great cinematographers stand out is their ability to focus on each film’s needs instead of what they’d like to do or play around with:
“I just think about what the movie should look like. I don’t care about what anybody else did, I’ll do what I think is appropriate for the movie.”
With an interesting comment on Willis’ part about lighting women.
Gordon Willis started in the industry wanted to be an actor but changed his mind pretty quickly and went into the photography department at the bottom of the ladder and slowly making his way up. The first episode focuses on Willis’ beginnings, working with The Godfather and Woody Allen, while the second episode talks about working with Coppola and others features Willis has shot (All The Presidents Men, Stardust Memories, The Devils Own etc.)
Watch the two episodes below:[via Craft Truck]
check the archives for a taste of it.