Very insightful points from a one time cinematographer turned writer. Especially likes the image of the train whistle to convey all that train, plus station, plus a journey would do for vision- relatively superficial. The one thing that both book or film lack is the deepest evocation and the most ephemeral- smell.
Like writers, filmmakers manipulate time. They take a story apart and re-assemble it.
Robert Bresson, inquisitor and humanist, stimulated filmmakers and enriched the experience of viewers. With a tiny leap of the imagination his ‘Notes on the Cinematographer,’ publ. by Quartet Books in 1986, transl. from the French by Jonathan Griffin, also offer inspiration to writers of stories. Here are a few brief notes I collated during my vocational film degree in the early 90s:
An image is transformed by contact with other images as is a colour by contact with other colours. A blue is not the same blue besides a green, a yellow, a red. No art is without transformation.
For the writer – this would apply to action and reaction, resonance or dissonance, anything that develops the dynamic interactions of a narrative.
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