Things I have learned from Werner Herzog

Face your subject dead on and then leave the camera on him or her after the interview is over. In doing so, Herzog gives the impression that he has taken the viewer backstage, outside of the boundaries of the interaction, where the subject’s true aspect is revealed. In the camera’s lingering, a subtle but intense transition occurs–a twitch in the cheek, a spontaneous statement or anecdote, or just a dead stare. The mask of presentation falls and we catch a glimpse of the soul.

Or so we are made to feel.

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