Vittorio Storaro: Dimmers & Limitless Possibilities

From American Cinematographer, Master of Light and Motion interview by Bob Fisher (June 1998)

You can do whatever you can imagine. In The Last Emperor, there is a long, dramatic scene in a conference room. The actors are seated around a table, and no one is moving. We used the dimmer to create the impression that time was passing and the sun outside of a window was setting. The dimmer board can also save time between setups. The gaffer, control board operator and I would arrive, and everything would be ready for us. The early dimmer consoles were made for the live theater and television. We designed a new dimmer board for Tango. DeSisti Lighting [in Italy] made it for our use."

- Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC

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