Wish to film a story that you always wanted to tell the world? Let’s break the bubble down and make you guys aware of the fact that filmmaking is not just about lights, camera, and action, but a lot more! The art of making a film involves a number of stages including ideation, script writing, casting, shooting, sound recording, editing, and screening. A lot of patience and toil goes in the whole process, especially for the directors.
A film director is a person who oversees the entire process of making the film and controls artistic and dramatic aspects. They also visualize the script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision. Pheww! Tough job, ain’t it? Not forgetting the budget, their key responsibility is to create a masterpiece without crossing the expenditure limits.
We don’t have any favourites but we do look forward to the following directors who have given us some phenomenal movies! Their understanding of the way things should be shot and delivered on the big screen is just incredible.
1. Christopher Nolan – The Master of Spellbinding Cinema
Nolan fan, are you? Christopher Nolan is an extremely talented filmmaker who usually doesn’t fail to surprise his audience with spectacular twists and turns. Known for his cognitive and unconventional storytelling, his intellectual plots will make sure that you stay on your toes until the conclusion. He usually ends up connecting past with the present (yes, a lot of flashbacks) and doesn’t miss to add a pinch of ‘film noir’ perspective in his films.
Born in England (1970), Nolan started making films as a child at the age of 7! He eventually went on to attend University College London, where he studied English literature and joined the school’s film society.
Director Christopher Nolan has taken moviegoers into space exploration for survival, through the crimes of Gotham, and into the deepest bafflement of reality and dream. With top grossing films like Interstellar, The Batman Trilogy, The Prestige, Inception, Memento and many more, Nolan is a director who has a proclivity to indulge in thorough research and give the audience pragmatic and not larger than life characters who with their dialogues and scripts address larger points relevant to all of us. His films do not undermine a viewer’s curiosity and intelligence and always urges viewers to delve deeper.
2. Steven Spielberg – The Epitome of Great Storytelling
Just so that you all know, Steven Spielberg has been in the field of filmmaking for six decades now! And that’s what makes him one of the most successful directors of Hollywood. Being a dropout and facing rejection to USC film school due to poor grades teaches us that it’s not always about marks but our dreams and the passion to pursue them. Spielberg then started off as an unpaid intern in the editing department of Universal.
The Oscar-winning director pioneered the practice of product placement and special- effects in movies influenced by the pop-culture. Using powerful flashlights in dark/night scenes, showing images of the sun, depicting kids in danger and/or bad relationships, discovering extraordinary species and using the cutting-in-camera technique are just some of the trademark Spielberg-movie-traits. He is also famous for his proactive nature that includes suggesting angles or shot ideas on set.
Spielberg is known for breaking boundaries across genres and making films as diverse as The Adventures of Tintin to Amistad to Munich. Not to miss the dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park that broke all the records, Steven has got a bent towards commercial stuff with some of the highest-grossing films ever! But without Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and Jaws, our list of favourites would not have been complete.
3. James Wan – The King of Horror Flicks
Best known for showcasing the horror world on the big screen, James Wan ought to be on this list! Insidious and The Conjuring franchise top our list of favourite Wan movies. Saw, which was inspired by Wan and Leigh Whannell’s dreams, got an overwhelming response at the box-office in 2004. The Conjuring was critically acclaimed and got many people to start loving horror films. The Annabelle doll became a synonym to demonic figures worldwide and Wan’s continued involvement in this project with similar visual styles, classic old-school storytelling, and numerous jumping moments proves that he is here to stay.
If you wish to film a scary story, then you must pay close attention to James Wan’s incredible work. According to him, the smallest things can create a big impact and real horror lies in the sound. “A creaking door can send chills up your spine, and it doesn’t cost anything.” Even a low-budget horror story can work wonders!
He aims at breaking the audience’s expectation by playing with their emotions and fear. For instance, Lights Out is based on a classic fear that lots of people face – fear of darkness. As a director, James Wan very well knows where & how to place a camera or how to get that reaction. Impressed much? We are!
4. Quentin Tarantino – Action, Action, and Some More Action
Great dialogues and wonderfully shot action scenes packed with loads of drama and humour – that’s the recipe of a Tarantino movie. With Pulp Fiction, he has become a legend and we just can’t agree more! The best part about his films is the way he portrays women – strong, witty, independent; breaking the mainstream. Being a director with no formal training in filmmaking, Tarantino sets a perfect example that experience is the best teacher and nothing can stop you from doing what you really want to do.
Some of his successful films include Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight. The 15-minute-long opening scene of Inglourious Basterds could not have been shot better by anyone in this whole world.
Actors driving vehicles, showcasing cult fiction, adding the Dutch element, guns & briefcases, unique storytelling with extreme close-ups, violence and revenge, offering comebacks to cult actors, killer soundtracks, your favourite characters dying horrifically, etc. are a few characteristics of why we love Tarantino movies.
Getting inspired from these directors and paving your own way towards success is what your aim should be. Remember, there is a thin line between inspiration and imitation. Unique techniques matter a lot in the film industry for they can get you utmost appreciation and self-confidence.
We can help you tell your story!
Project MyNT is all set to introduce its filmmaking course offering a great opportunity for students to put their dreams into action! This is an interactive course to explain and train those eager to learn the skills needed to tell stories through film.
Powered by internships and training under highly experienced mentors, our curriculum is inclusive of numerous clips or films to be shown in theme-based classes. It would require the students to be verbose about what kind of cinema they like, how aware are they of the process, and mainly what is it that they’re looking to learn from this course.