Paul Ryan: Working with a Director

From American Cinematographer, Flower Power by Chris Pizzello (July 1999)

"When you're working on a film that's so personal to the director, just hanging out with her and talking to her about life in general somehow informs your unconscious. Then when you are ready to make creative decisions, you know what the real emotional origins of the story are. When the sun is going down and it's the fourteenth hour of filming, you can only go on those instincts and intuitions that have been built up by talking to the director over beers some night at a pasta place in Marin. It's not a rational process at that point. It's about gut-level decisions based on the experience of someone involved with the story-- not just on your own gut feelings based on the last film you made."

- Paul Ryan, ASC

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