What’s The Best Professional Advice you’ve received?
THEO VAN DE SANDE, ASC
In Hollywood: Stay on schedule and on budget, and you are free as a bird.
ATTILA SZALAY, ASC
In 1992, I sat across from Georgy Illès, who was then president of the HSC. He learned forward and said,’ Do you want to know the secret of success in this business? As a freelancer, you’re like a call girl; never stop selling yourself.’ I pass this advice along to students whenever I get the chance.
MICHAEL WEAVER, ASC
Never show fear.
TAMI REIKER, ASC
Pick your battles, and never eat the fish.
JON JOFFIN, ASC
You’re never done lighting, but at some point you have to stop.
MAURO FIORE, ASC
My father once told me that a true master only needs a few tools. Pride in your work is a paramount.
FRANCIS KENNY, ASC
‘How to walk the line between clever and stupid.’ Through discipline comes freedom.
STEVEN V.SILVER, ASC
Make sure your chosen profession is your passion.
LEX DuPONT, ASC
From Gil Hubbs [ASC]: We are freelancers and must make tough career decisions.There will be times when it’s best for us to leave a project early.Some people won’t understand that; one probably won’t have an enduring relationship with them anyway. And from Julio Macat: be optimistic even during the darkest moments.Cinematographers are highly visible on set and our mood can affect the crew.
JAN KIESSER, ASC
In my early days of operating for Vilmos Zsigmond, we were discussing lighting, and he advised me to observe light in the real world all the time. I often reflect on that as I continue to observe and learn every day.
MARK VARGO, ASC
Don’t ever give up.And make lots of friends in the business.
TOM HURWITZ, ASC
Always listen to the story.Great cameramen use their ears as well as their eyes.