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Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes: Taxi Driver

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Excerpt from Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes by Tim Grierson Focal Press, 2016 TAXI DRIVER, 1976 V. THE SHOOT-OUT The shoot-out scene is memorable not only for its violence, but also for a sense of ambiguity in it. This ambiguity pervades the whole movie, largely due to Schrader’s refusal to shine any solid light on…

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The Shoot – Set Etiquette for Cinematographers

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As the cinematographer, you drive three departments: camera, lighting, and grip. It is your job to know at all times what is up next for all three departments. By staying in close communication with the first assistant director, the cinematographer can always be one step ahead of the director in setting up the next shot,…

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A Plea to Preserving the Art of Cinematography

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Before color and sound we told stories with pictures.  Silent films gave birth to painting with light, the art of the cinematographer.  Within the first decades of early cinema a marvelous language of imagery was developed that directed the viewers eye, created illusion and stirred emotion.  From those early days to today the cinematographer has created…

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