Above: FP30K SAR BLT. SAR [ act 3.1 ] : product, valuable-asset with a brand-tag on it, in a distributable-form -- " [ a ] contribution to world cuisine" ( from: "A fish called Wanda" ). 

[ Alex Simon: ] What should a director look for when hiring a cinematographer, and vice-versa, what should a cinematographer look for before working with a director?

[ Vittorio Storaro: ] I can't answer the first question, but I can the second one. From the first moment I meet a director, I try to express myself. You say 'yes' or 'no,' based on your feeling that this story and this director are going in the same direction that you are going. If you feel that, that you are attracted to the story and the director's vision, then you should do it. You have to have some common ground. If you feel comfortable with all these elements, then they're the right person. Sometimes you meet wonderful, gifted people, but for some reason you don't feel comfortable and you pass, you say 'no thank you,' because they were not going in the same direction you were going at that time. There is always something inside you that will push you in the right direction that you will discover through writing, or music, or performance, that will help you discover who you are and what your life is about. This will help you grow up, and help you learn about yourself. In turn you can give this gift to somebody else: your children, your students, your audience. You share this spirit. And in doing that you feel that you are part of the human journey.

Vittorio Storaro [ ... ] THe Hollywood Interview:

[ John Fauer: ] Vittorio Storaro, ASC, said that sometimes you just have to say no.

[ Gordon Willis: ] No is a very important word. Yes is not a good word all the time. It doesn’t get us more work. In fact, no gets us more work, because anything works while we’re shooting it. Nothing works in the screening room if it’s no good. What was said the day before is forgotten once everyone gets in the screening room. If we said no to something bad, and it turns out to be right in the screening room, the no said the day before is forgotten, but they’ll never forget about the yes if it’s no good.

Remembering Gordon Willis, ASC:


Above: "Le crew hollandais légendaire¹" GVB's double-headed top-to-bottom-whole-train at Haarlem refurbishment and overhaul-depot, yesterday. Sarsential 00: aspect ratio [ watching with a detached gaze ] (click on image for close-ups, large format available upon request)

"During the shooting of a scene the director's eye has to catch even the minutest detail. But this does not mean glaring concentratedly at the set. While the camera's are rolling. I rarely look directly at the actors, but focus my gaze somewhere else. By doing this I sense instantly when something isn't right. Watching something does not mean fixing your gaze on it, but being aware of it in a natural way.I believe this is what the medieval Noh playwright and theorist Zeami meant by "watching with a detached gaze."

Akira Kurosawa: "Advice to young people considering a career in filmmaking", adapted by Audie E. Bock, first published in 1975, cited from 'Something Like an Autobiography' (page 191, 'Some Random Notes on Filmmaking')

"A top-to-bottom whole [ train ] covers the entire side of the [ train ], windows and all. Some writers will only do top-to-bottom whole [ trains ], disdaining anything less complete. Others, particularly during periods when the Transit Authority is vigilant, feel that to cover the windows is a waste of time, since these are the first part of the [ train ]  to be cleaned, and usually with solvent who drips down, streaking the piece below. Window-downs last longer, but the top-to-bottom whole [ train ]  is the graffiti writer's finest achievement. It is here that he displays his virtuosity […]. The initials […] which accompany the writer's names, stand for their crews. [A crews is: ] a unit of dudes who work together to achieve a goal: to get up and to go all city […] Crews are made up of trusted friends, […] a bunch of brothers that are down by street law with each other. […] There is a strong sense of community within a crew and members will expel those writers who are only out for themselves. […]"

Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant in 'Subway Art', page 74 and 50, first published in Great Brittain by Thames and Hudson Ltd, Londen, 1984

See also: (Close-ups piece above)

Graffitihunt 1 ("Spaarnwoude"):

Graffitihunt 2 ("A positive image and distinctive position is created over time by providing desirable products or services and communicating consistently and effectively. While a logo is just one component of that image, it is the one that identifies the others, operating like a flag."):

Graffitihunt 3 (" [ Dutch ] Gulden note, printed in Haarlem."):

Graffitihunt 4 ("Name graffiti initially had a territorial function. Gang members marked out their turf and the local kids wrote for their friends or for their enemies. [...] As available space on walls and trains filled up, it was necessary to develop a style to make a name stand out from the rest. Kids began to practice variations on their names and to develop identifying logos which could be read at glance"):


¹, 'Amsterdam: GVB':

The Silver Lining

Above: Silver lining and variety during wintertraining and 300K event. Dutch winters call for action. Action generates warmth; transcending wind, water, darkness and boredom into Joy.

"[M]aintain a vigilant watch over [your] mental state, control [your] mind […] and channel […] thoughts to positive and purposeful things. When things go wrong, […] don’t blame and wallow in self-pity; rather […] immediately seek the positive lesson in the mess…the silver lining…then […] act on it. [D]on’t dwell on the negative, but learn to reframe each event to only the positive remains."

Mark Divine in 'Habits of Mastery part 2' on SealFit website:

"Many of us have come to consider comfort as our greatest need. Comfort is not essential, and we often value it much too highly [...]":

"[ Without ] optimism [ … ] motivation and talent alone will not result in the confidence and persistence necessary for resilient survival behaviour.":

"Major Anya Amasova: 
It's getting cold

James Bond:
 Is there anything I can do to warm you up?

Major Anya Amasova:
 You don't have to worry about me Mr Bond, I went on a survival course in Siberia

James Bond:
 Yes, I believe a great number of your country men do. What did they teach you?

Major Anya Amasova:
 That its very important to have a positive mental attitude"

Actors Roger Moore and Barbara Bach in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977), directed by Lewis Gilbert, written by Christopher Wood, Richard Maibaum and Ian Fleming:

See also: Sarsential 23: train! [ practice ] "One day, after a rehearsal that hadn’t pleased [ violinist Mischa ] Elman, [ he was ] leaving Carnegie Hall by the backstage entrance when [ he was ] approached by two tourists looking for the hall’s entrance. Seeing his violin case, they asked, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Without looking up and continuing on his way, Elman simply replied, 'Practice.'":


Above: Todays 30K Best-Level SAR training footprint comes from the other side of the "[...] luminous drawbridge trough which the story has to reach the audience and the audience has to acces the story..."  -- holding the 35- and 16mm Kodak Vision 3 filmstock, while standing at editing-desk: "Food should be something to chew on, right?"¹

"It is our natural birthright to be fit and healthy. Unfortunately, science and medicine have largely missed this point. Researchers look boldly to the future, to new medicines, genetic screening, and surgical procedures, yet never ask the question, "Why do we need theses advances?" and "Is there a simpler, better way to health and wellness?" If they were to ask these questions, they would realise that the key to the puzzle is to start at the beginning. Our health researchers, who currently lack a framework from which to assess the staggering volume of information they generate every day, flounder with basic questions: "What should we eat?" "How much and what types of exercise should we do?" "How can we live a healthy life?" Although these may seem like sound questions for health researchers to ask, the answers constantly change in response to politics, lobbying and the media. As a result, their recommendations are not based on science, but rather lobbying and political manoeuvring. [F] ew people make a real attempt to fix this mess. But who can really blame them. After all, it's hard as hell to make money off healthy people… unless you sell bicycles, running shoes or teach dance classes." 

Robb Wolf in 'The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet' on page 34 'Stop! Savannah Time!' (first published in 2010)

On- and off-site references: (anatomy)


¹ Peter de Bie, in an interview we conducted in 2007 for our upcoming film 'Here Comes Big Trouble' (photographed on the filmfootage above, shot in 2007 in IJmuiden, The Netherlands)

The Inner Game

Above: refueling and checking the files on the Transvideo monitor (partly visible in the distance) around wrap time: "[K]eep it simple, keep it natural […] Letting go of judgments, the art of programming with images and "letting it happen" are three of the basic skills involved in the Inner Game. [T]he fourth and most important inner skill [is] concentration."¹

"How do you increase your ability to maintain concentration on the ball for long periods of time? On this subject something can be learned from bahkti yoga. Bahkti is the yoga that aims at achieving perfect concentration of mind through devotion. Indian yogis in particular have recognised the power of love in overcoming distraction of mind. Bahkti yoga teaches that love of the object of concentration makes it possible to focus one's attention without wavering, and eventually to become one with that object.

There is a story told by holy men in the East which may make this point more memorable. A seeker after Truth sought out a yoga master and begged him to help him achieve the enlightenment of perfect union with his true self. The Master told him to go into a room and meditate on God for as long as he could. After just two hours the seeker emerged distraught, saying that he could not concentrate, since his mind kept thinking about his much beloved bull he had left at home. The Master then told him to return to the room and meditate on his bull. This time the would-be yogi entered the room and after two days had still not emerged. Finally the Master called for him to come out. From within the seeker replied, 'I cannot; my horns are too wide to fit through the door.'"

W. Timothy Gallway in 'The Inner Game of Tennis' first published in New York, USA by Random House in 1974

"What you fuel your body with is critical for developing strength, recovery, and mental acuity. [...] Processed grain, in the form of breads, pasta, cereal and most other things in a box with label, are the enemy to good health and fitness. These processed carbs enter our blood stream faster than glucose in the form of glycogen, and send our insulin levels skyrocketing throughout the day. When it drops back down we are sent a “hormonal hunger” message in the form of a craving to have more of the same junk.":

"We heard rice is not food, flour is not food, bread is not food. All what earth produces is food; bread is only to blow the belly. But quinua, wheat, potatoes, beans, lettuce all these things, that is food. Don't drink soft drinks, eat sardines, candies, chewing gums and all kind of canned food, plastic, or made by a chemist. It is true.":


¹ W. Timothy Gallway in 'The Inner Game of Tennis' first published in New York, USA by Random House in 1974