Monday, 11 November 2013

Film Directors Research

Film Directors Research

In this post, I will be researching different directors, these directors are my favourite as I am a fan of their films and the techniques they use. By researching these directors, I can gain inspiration for my practical work when doing my film opening.

Steven Spielburg

Steven Spielburg is an American film director, screen writer and producer. His career spands more than four decades. He began his films with science-fiction and adventure films and he was seen as the creater of modern hollywood movies. 
In later years, he made films about humanistic issues like war and terrorism. 
Spielberg won the academy award for best director for Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Threeof his films Jaws, E.T and Jurrasic Park achieved box office records, each becoming higest grossing film made at the time. His films exceed $8.5 billion world wide. 
Steven Spielberg uses many helpful techniques within his work. Here is an example of a sideways tracking shot. These shots can be extremely long and usually focus on a group of characters within the film.
Another technique he uses is where he makes a character approach the camera to be framed in a close up. He is not the only director to use this technique however he does this very well. This technique is used to show a certain character in detail and it can also be used to show a certain emotion or detail within a character.   

Quentin Tarintino

Tarintino is an American film director, screen writer, producer and actor. He has been dubbed a 'director dj' as his films link with music. He began his career as an independent film maker, his first big film Reservoir Dogs is considered best independent film of all time by Empire magazine. His popularity increased with the making of his second film Pulp Fiction, widely  as one of the greatest films of all time. Other notable work from him are Kill Bill and Django Unchained.

Tarintino also uses many different techniques within his work, his use of juxtaposition and over the top characters (e.g Samuel L. Jackson from Pulp Fiction) make his filmography more unique and famous. 
The use of juxtaposition allows the film to progress and to show the film in contrasting ways. The use of strange music and sound effects whilst playing over a scene make his films creative and unique. 

Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is a British film director, producer and screen writer. Since his debut in 1998, he has directed eight features ranging from low budget independent films to Hollywood block busters. He has received three academy award nominations. His most famous films are Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception.

Christopher Nolan also uses many inspiring techniques. Me and my work partner Alec Jetha are big fans of Nolan because of his independent film work. Some of my favourite films such as the Dark Knight and Inception have been successful because of the way Christopher Nolan directs them. 
He uses many different camera angles to show the story and to express what is going on within the shot. Examples of this could be Inception where the various camera angles help to show the different side of the dream world. Furthermore, Nolan sometimes also uses hand held cameras to show realism and to help the audience understand what the characters are going through and how they are feeling within the film. 


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