Behind the Scenes: Gordon Willis at work
During this week’s installment of the podcast The Treatment hosted by Elvis Mitchell, director James Gray (The Immigrant, The Yards) gave a fitting summation of the revolutionary nature of the late Gordon Willis’ approach to cinematography.
The thing that Gordon Willis did, and (Vittorio) Storaro as well, in the early 1970s/late 1960s, is they basically said, ‘You don’t walk onto the stage and turn on every light on the set. What you do is you view it as a black screen and then ask yourself – What part do we need to see?’
Listen to Gray’s entire interview here or continue onward for a few more pics of Willis at work.