Cinematic Expression
The cinematic sequence compares to a Symphony, where each
instrument that plays its part constitutes of the quality of the
whole. The arrangement of instruments determines the
closeness of interpretation to the Theme. Similarities between
Creative Processes in Film and Music are apparent. In creative
cinematography, instruments at our disposal are the Elements
of Cinematic Expression.
It is up to Director's, and Cinematographer's discretion that
choices made relate in a visual way to the narrative content of
the scene.
Since the whole Imaging System of Film and Video is based on the value of
18% Reflectance Grey Card understanding of Zone System of Exposure is of
great importance in creative cinematography. The creative process is about
the ability to light from the mind rather than by the video monitor.
Michelangelo related to the nature of the creative process in most eloquent
way:
It's in this stone, I just need to bring it out.
In cinematography, lighting without familiarity of the logistics in the process is
only a short-lived improvisation due to the inevitability of running out of time
and/or loss of Lighting Continuity.
"Technique is of no value, unless supported by an Idea"