Top Quotes from Reed Morano

By | November 13, 2019

A lot of cinematography is intuition. It’s an art, not a formula.

Reed Morano

I was in film school as an undergrad with a focus on directing. Once I started working on shoots, I realized, ‘Oh, I really like this cinematography thing.’

Reed Morano

I really hate having to put ‘female’ in front of any title, because it puts us in some kind of weird category for handicapped people or something.

Reed Morano

In everything I do, the aesthetics are driven by the emotion. However I can do that with a camera, whether it’s a long lens or a wide lens, I’ll do.

Reed Morano

The interesting thing about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is that everything that happens in it has happened or is happening somewhere in the world.

Reed Morano

We have this attitude in America of, ‘Someone else is going to fix the problem.’ That’s what the majority of Americans have. Or, ‘I’m just going to go online and sign this petition, and that will take care of it.’ That’s doesn’t do it.

Reed Morano

Funny enough, the most discrimination I’ve ever gotten as a woman in this industry has been from other women.

Reed Morano

Whenever a woman wields a gun in a film, it ends up looking like they’re trying to be sexy rather than they actually know what they’re doing.

Reed Morano

My biggest wish is that I would have more time with my husband and my boys.

Reed Morano

We’re too complacent. We let things happen to us. And you don’t have to let things happen to you. You can affect change.

Reed Morano

I always like to do sound design, and in movies, you have more leeway with that, but I don’t really notice that sound design is being used in TV other than just location sound.

Reed Morano

A lot of male cinematographers stick a pillow to their stomachs so they have somewhere to rest their elbows while shooting.

Reed Morano

We moved around every winter. I don’t know. Maybe my dad was, like, on the run from the law.

Reed Morano

No, I’m not doing ‘Star Wars.’

Reed Morano

I don’t want to step on the DP’s toes. That’s the first lesson I learned when I started directing with other cinematographers.

Reed Morano

I know how a cinematographer wants to be treated by their director, and so I already have a leg up in that department, and I know what would be insulting to say to a DP because I’ve been one for so long.

Reed Morano

The instant feeling I had after I gave birth was you couldn’t get that baby in my hands fast enough.

Reed Morano

My family lives on Long Island.

Reed Morano

When it was time to go to college, I was going to apply to Boston University for journalism, and dad said, ‘Why not apply to NYU film school, because you love telling stories and taking pictures?’ And I thought, ‘Oh, I can do that for a job? Cool!’

Reed Morano

I think I subconsciously knew you needed life experience to direct, and the best films are directed by people who have really lived, with exceptions like Orson Welles, who just burst out of the gate. There are prodigies like that, but for me, personally, I thought I needed life experience.

Reed Morano

I’ve DP’d so many films for first-time directors, and I know the trauma, the heartbreak, the vulnerability, how much you have to believe in the story.

Reed Morano

Women have to compensate more in the personality department in order to get the things that men get. And they don’t have as much leeway for being divas or jerks.

Reed Morano

I have been lucky in getting a lot of the projects I’ve wanted, maybe because I’m really, really driven. But there is a stigma that women can’t direct big studio films. Not that I want to do that, but it is a topic that comes up a lot.

Reed Morano

In America, we tend to be very sheltered, and I’m speaking from personal experience because I feel sheltered.

Reed Morano

I feel like directing is more about who the individual is rather than if they’re a man or a woman. It’s kind of hard to generalize and group all of us female filmmakers into one group, like we’re all going provide you with the same thing, because we’re not. We’re all individuals.

Reed Morano

I think it’s a common misconception that because you’re a woman, you can’t command a set and have people respect you, and for some reason, Hollywood is really far behind every other industry. It’s getting better; it’s just slow.

Reed Morano

I feel like directing is more about who the individual is rather than if they’re a man or a woman. It’s kind of hard to generalize and group all of us female filmmakers into one group, like we’re all going provide you with the same thing, because we’re not. We’re all individuals.

Reed Morano

I think it’s a common misconception that because you’re a woman, you can’t command a set and have people respect you, and for some reason, Hollywood is really far behind every other industry. It’s getting better; it’s just slow.

Reed Morano

I don’t want to just make the safe, easy commercial films.

Reed Morano

I want to make the movies that move people in a way they’ve never been moved before.

Reed Morano

My father passed away when I was 18. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me, but it is not like that all the time. Not every moment is dark.

Reed Morano

Don’t think of your gender as a handicap.

Reed Morano

It can be insulting to an actor when the director comes out, and they have no notes on the performance, and all they care about is that the camera has to do this one technical thing.

Reed Morano

A sad truth I learned as a DP starting out was that it doesn’t matter how beautiful I make it if the story and performance are not there. That should be number one.

Reed Morano

As a cinematographer, I was always attracted to stories that have the potential to be told with as few words as possible.

Reed Morano

When I read ‘Meadowland,’ I could see the potential for a very internal, quiet story that could be powerful and emotional but also disturbing and dark.

Reed Morano

What’s the hardest thing about making a show like ‘Vinyl’ or ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ is they are expecting movie-level cinematic quality in every way – from the performances to the visuals and the shots – especially on a show where you are doing Scorsese style.

Reed Morano

In TV, you are much more likely to see the episode closer to the script as written – in terms of the order of the scenes – than you would in a movie, and here’s why: you don’t have as many days to edit. You have 10 to 12 weeks or more to edit a feature, and you have four days to edit TV. That’s a huge difference.

Reed Morano

There is something to be said for one vision and following one vision through. I do think it’s something TV will catch up to at some point and realize, ‘Wow, we’re in the Golden Age of Television right now; we’ve taken television to another level, but now let’s take it to an even higher level where it is one vision throughout a whole season.’

Reed Morano

I read it in college as an assignment. I didn’t think about it at the time. But when I heard there was a ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ pilot, I freaked out.

Reed Morano

As a cinematographer or director, I’m always looking for projects that are able to say a lot with the actor’s expressions.

Reed Morano

A lot of TV and film commits to one tone.

Reed Morano

When you work as a cinematographer, the actors look to you for reassurance. When you’re lighting them, they can never think you’re making an adjustment because of the way they look. If they are nervous, it impacts their performance, which impacts the story.

Reed Morano

Being a cinematographer taught me a lot. I got to expedite the visions of many directors and learned how to navigate many styles and worlds.

Reed Morano

Color correction is one of my things.

Reed Morano

When I was an undergraduate in Film & TV at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, most of the projects I shot had male directors, and only a few had female directors.

Reed Morano

After graduating, I was shooting as well as working as a key grip, and I often found myself the only female out of the whole crew, except for producers and the occasional AC.

Reed Morano

I would rather be hired solely for my talent, not just to fill a quota. I also don’t want to shoot just any studio movie just to say I’m shooting studio movies – for me, quality of the material comes first, and if eventually that leads to a really great studio project, then that’s a bonus.

Reed Morano

I learned a lot while I was ACing and gripping for other DPs as I was coming up.

Reed Morano

I try to shoot film wherever possible. There’s nothing like it.

Reed Morano

The first director who ever allowed me to shoot a film for him was a male. He was a gay male. My first feature also came from him. I worked for a lot of dudes at NYU.

Reed Morano

Eventually, when I got the ‘Meadowland’ script, I saw something in it that made me think I could make something special out of it, something that could work with my style. Emotionally, I connected to it. I thought, ‘If I feel this way just imagining it, maybe we can make that happen on screen and make people feel something when they watch it.’

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