Leon Narbey – the role of the cinematographer

This is how acclaimed New Zealand cinematographer Leon Narbey (Whalerider, The Price of Milk) describes his role:

“Firstly you try to climb into the head of the director and see with their eyes. Feeling and understanding the emotional flow of each scene is important, and knowing how these scenes will impact on one another, and how this temporal order can be amplified and enhanced by spatial composition, colour, tone and form is, I feel, the core of the cinematographer’s task. Principally though it is in the choice of lens, the composition of the subject that concerns the cinematographer, and when these dynamics converge with the emotional intentions of the characters on the screen, you feel you are contributing to the strength of the film.”


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