It’s a good thing to be frightened. In fact, you should be scared every day you go to work. There should be something that is daunting to you that you haven’t eliminated all doubts about. There should be something that keeps you awake at night.

Scene from ET the Extra-Terrestrial

Commercials are the cinematographer’s best friend. It’s a different medium that doesn’t give you the same satisfaction as following the arc of a wonderful script where you have to use every area of your brain. But I have learned so many things by shooting commercials. I also get to work with a lot of different directors, and all of them want me to do something challenging and new. I have learned things shooting commercials that I’ve later used in films. Commercials also give you the freedom to wait for the right film.

Filmography for Allen Daviau
Van Helsing (2004)
Olive or Twist 2004 (2004)
The Routine (2002)
New Gladiators (2002)
Sweet (2001)
The Translator (2000)
The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)
Congo (1995)
Fearless (1993)
Defending Your Life (1991)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
The Color Purple (1985)
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) (segments 2, 4)
Harry Tracy, Desperado (1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Names of Sin (1975)
Everything You Know Is Wrong (1975)
Mother Tiger Mother Tiger (1974)
The Brothers O’Toole (1973)
Say Goodbye (1971)
Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971)
Amblin’ (1968)