The Cinematographer and the College Applicant

He's talking about cinematography, but such guidance is often part of the conversations I have with college-bound students who are seeking a topic and a way forward for an application essay: 

People don’t understand the elegance of simplicity. If you take a sophisticated idea, reduce it to the simplest possible terms so that it’s accessible to everybody, and don’t get simple mixed up with simplistic, it’s how you mount and present something that makes it engaging.

— Gordon Willis, cinematographer (May 28, 1931 – May 18, 2014)