Did You Know?
There's a really wretched invention called a zoom lens, which is the most abused, single abused, thing in filmmaking. It's more abused by young filmmakers than anybody. It's just a vile piece of equipment. As for tricky scene transitions, I know directors who sit down and literally look for those things as ways to get from scene to scene...
Claims that he has never been invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) because they "don't like" him and are biased against directors who shoot their own films. In 1997, he said this to Conrad L. Hall
, who didn't believe him. After Hall and Haskell Wexler
offered to sign recommendations on an application letter for him...
Shoots his movies in as close to natural light levels as possible, even during night and interior scenes. As a result his work is often criticized for being poorly lit.