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Understanding the Cinematography of Gordon Willis

A quick look at the cinematography techniques and style of Gordon Willis.

Conrad Hall paid Gordon Willis the ultimate compliment – he was the prince of darkness, the master of shadows.

In this video and article, I go through some of his cinematography lighting and camera techniques to help you understand his unique style. Just to be clear: Gordon Willis changed his style to suit the movies he shot. The goal of this video and article is to drum up enthusiasm and a yearning to learn more.

Warning: I do not claim this knowledge is 100% accurate. Just think of it as an endorsement of his work. If you want accuracy, look someplace else. One interview I would definitely watch is at the bottom of this article.

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