Keith Nelson Jr. of Digital Trends recently spoke to cinematographer Sean Daly about the meaning of cinematography, working with David Lynch, shooting HBO's Dr. Dre/Jimmy Iovine documentary The Defiant Ones, and more.
"It allows you to hold shots longer. Capturing detail in a frame is a powerful storytelling tool. When you’re cutting it together, there is the feeling that you want to give the audience time to scan the whole image. You tend to cut a little bit slower, let things play out a little bit longer..."
“I never remember plots in movies. I remember how they make me feel and I remember emotions and I remember visual things that I’ve seen, but my brain can never connect the dots of how things go together.”
— Paul Thomas Anderson
I saw Jean-Pierre Melville's 'Army of Shadows' at Film Forum in the summer of 2015, and I mostly recall the plot. It is about the French Resistance, and explores the emotional and physical tolls of espionage. But what struck me most about the film - and still resonates with me today - is the quality of the imagery and the filmmaking.