In Their Words — Wednesday, July 31, 2013

With Griffin Dunne 'After Hours' (1985)
Martin Scorsese and Griffin Dunne making After Hours (1985)

I think it’s accumulated. If it’s trained, it’s trained from my own films. You can imagine the tension in a scene, or the warmth, or the humor. I think I know the size of the frame, and I think I know when to cut—and when not to. Somehow that comes out of the story, and the actors who are playing the parts. They determine, sometimes, whether you should move the camera or not, whether you should be in close-up, whether it should be a medium close-up. I try to translate all of that into visual terms—the feeling I’d like to get from a scene.

—Martin Scorsese