Ways of seeing

A wonderful interview with the wonderful Mike Leigh at The Onion’s AV Club, from which:

So the camera doesn’t serve the action. The action serves the camera. That’s important. So it becomes more and more organic and integrated. Be a fly on the wall on the set when Dick Pope [Leigh’s lighting cameraman] and I are working on how to shoot a scene. We do it very much by looking at it: Is this a shot of a man in a room, or is this a shot of a room with a man in it? Because that’s two different things. Are you saying something about the roominess of the room? Or are you saying something about the men in it? Those kinds of sophisticated, refined ways of arriving at things are important. 

Makes you proud to live in North London.

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