Newton Thomas Sigel: ‘I can Close my Eye and See it’

Ana Bogdan

June 30, 2021

Mr. Sigel, like actors who have trouble shaking off their character at the end of the work day, do you as cinematographer also find it hard to leave a film behind?
Well, you're thinking about it, always. For better or worse, it's a very consuming endeavor. It's not like a job where you can kind of get in your car at the end of the day, and you don't have to think about it anymore. It's like a military campaign, from the beginning to the end. (Laughs) And maybe when you finish the film, you can move on. I've been very blessed to be able to work on a wide range of films and genres. But I think if anything, the problem is how to find a new and fresh way of telling the next story, so that you're not just falling back on your old tricks, or repeating your same ideas over and over, you know?

Mr. Sigel, like actors who have trouble shaking off their character at the end of the work day, do you as cinematographer also find it hard to leave a film behind?
Well, you're thinking about it, always. For better or worse, it's a very consuming endeavor. It's not like a job where you can kind of get in your car at the end of the day, and you don't have to think about it anymore. It's like a military campaign, from the beginning to the end. (Laughs) And maybe when you finish the film, you can move on. I've been very blessed to be able to work on a wide range of films and genres. But I think if anything, the problem is how to find a new and fresh way of telling the next story, so that you're not just falling back on your old tricks, or repeating your same ideas over and over, you know?