Conrad Hall Quotes

Who was Conrad Hall?

Conrad Lafcadio Hall was a French Polynesian-born American cinematographer. Hall is best known as the DPO for 'In Cold Blood', 'Cool Hand Luke', 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', 'American Beauty' and 'Road to Perdition'.

Born June 21, 1926
Died January 4, 2003
Aged 76 years old

Best 27 Quotes by Conrad Hall

“Billions of people have seen and been influenced by movies in the short history of this industry.”

“But at heart, I am more than a cinematographer.”

“But you know you haven't done it all because you know everything keeps evolving and changing; and you know you can evolve with it if you grow and develop as a human being.”

“Cinematography is infinite in its possibilities... much more so than music or language.”

“Contrast is what makes photography interesting.”

“Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten.”

“Every cinematographer I worked with had his own way of solving problems.”

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“Every once in a while, when the audience is expecting to see one thing, you have to show them something else.”

“I can still recall the thrill of shooting my first film.”

“I don't think of myself as a director or writer. I think of myself as a filmmaker.”

“I hope I'm still shooting when I'm 80.”

“I think one of the reasons people quit is because they're afraid they won't be able to get better and better; that they have to come to a zenith of some kind.”

“I was very happy sitting alone at a dining room table, writing a script.”

“In Hollywood, maybe only ten percent will make it and the other ninety percent try. This elusive dream of making it and being on top is the same story as the moth being drawn to the flame. The flame and it's attractiveness is something you'll never eliminate. Some will learn how to live in that environment and others will burn in it.”

“It is also difficult to articulate the subtleties in cinema, because there aren't words or metaphors which describe many of the emotions you are attempting to evoke.”

“It took a while for me to grasp that my colleagues believe I have made an impact on the history of cinema.”

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“Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.”

“My peers say I have made a difference. That means more to me than winning an Oscar.”

“Painting and writing are solitary arts.”

“Photography is a very important part of my life.”

“The audience has to understand that if the film is going to have any meaning for them. If they are going to empathize with the characters, they have to visualize the process of concentration involved in making every move.”

“The closer the source of light is to a subject, the broader the beams are.”

“The sun is the most parallel light source because it is so far away.”

“There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors... it's an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job.”

“To me, the camera is like a musical instrument. You use it to control the flow, shape, size and colors of images.”

“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.”

“You have to understand the nature of light.”

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