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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead by Danny Draven

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CHAPTER 8CINEMATOGRAPHY OF A HORROR FILM

“I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation, films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you’re making a horror film doesn’t mean you can’t make an artful film.”

—DAVID CRONENBERG

“A widescreen just makes a bad film twice as bad.”

—SAM GOLDWYN

When I was in film school, I read all the books I could find on cinematography. I understood the theory and technical process, but it wasn’t until I was put into a professional situation with a seasoned cinematographer that everything made sense. Everything I learned early on about cinema-tography was through a Hollywood veteran, a director of photography named Mac Ahlberg (HOUSE, RE-ANIMATOR, ...

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