American Cinematographer

  • Kennemer Dunes national park, today. Reflection [ unity of form and content

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    "To follow a moral code would amount to the same as an intellectual judgment about an individual, viewed from the standpoint of anthropological statistics. Moreover, making a moral code the supreme arbiter of your ethical conduct would be a substitute for the will of a living God, since the moral code is made by man and declared to be a law given by God himself. The great difficulty of course is the "Will of God." Psychologically the "Will of God" appears in your inner experience in the form of a superior deciding power, to which you may give various names like instinct, fate, unconscious, faith, etc. The psychological criterion of the "Will of God" is forever the dynamic superiority. It is the factor that finally decides when all is said and done. It is essentially something you cannot know beforehand. You only know it after the fact. […] In applying a moral code (which in itself is a commendable thing), you can prevent even the divine decision, and then you go astray. So try to live as consciously, as conscientiously, and as completely as possible and learn who you are and who or what it is that ultimately decides."

    C.G. Jung, 'Collective Work, Letters 1951 - 1961', page 300, 301, first published in 1973 as 'Briefe III 1956 - 1961', 'To William Kinney, 26.V.1956', page 27, Walter Verlag, Olten, Switzerland

    "I do not try to bent the plot to fit technique; I adapt technique to the plot. […] A particular angle may give a cameraman -- or even a director -- a particular sattisfying effect. The question is, dramatically, is it the best way of telling whatever part of the story it's trying to tell? If not, out it goes. […] The mark of good technique is that it is unnoticed. […] The important thing is that the director makes his decisions when the need for them arises, and operates with as few rules as possible. The fewer rules you have, the fewer times you'll have to experience the unhappiness of breaking them."

    Alfred Hitchcock in  'Hitchcock on Hitchcock, Production Methods Compared', page 208, 209, originally published in Cine-Technician 14, no. 75, November - December 1948, reprinted in American Cinematographer 30, no. 5, May 1949. (Book) first published in the USA in 1995 by University of California Press