Filmers & Directors

To get some more inspiration and research into short films, I had a look at some well known filmers and directors. I started off by looking at Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Spielberg is one of the biggest and most popular names in the film industry having directed a range of short films and blockbuster films. He is considered the founder of the New Hollywood Era. He has filmed and directed films such as Jurassic Park, E.T, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan and Indiana Jones. One of the first films Spielberg ever made was a short film called Amblin’. This short film was about two strangers who force a friendship, which then turns into a romance when they hitchhike with one another.

Martin Scorsese is a filter and director who has also created some big name films such as Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street, Shutter Island and Taxi Driver. One of the first short films he made was called The Big Shave. It is a short film about a man shaving and he brutally cuts himself in the process. It starts off with old fashioned jazz music in the background, showing the viewer elements of the bathroom. It then goes into the man putting cream on his face getting ready to shave. He uses a mixture of close and long shots to show the details of what parts the man is shaving. The man then cuts himself and starts bleeding but doesn’t pay any attention to it. As he continues to shave, he cuts himself more and more with more blood pouring from his face and neck, and we see it drip into the sink. Its quite disturbing to watch as it doesn’t seem like the ‘normal’ things to want to film or watch but its interesting to say the least.

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The next film and director I looked at was Spike Jonze. His most recent and well known film was the KENZO world fragrance advert he filmed. He has produced well known films previously including Her, Where The Wild Things Are, and Jackass: The Movie. I am very love/hate with the KENZO advert he produced. When I first saw it, it seemed to annoy me as I just didn’t like the advert. I thought it was silly to have a woman running round a big stately home and smashing things up. The way she was dancing and screaming just didn’t seem right for the advert, and to then find out at the end of it that it was all for a perfume just seemed ridiculous. However, the more I have seen it, the more its growing on me. The choreography and timing to the music is good and the craziness of her character I now like. The fact that it is a perfume advert makes it all the more interesting as you would have no idea what it is about if you hadn’t seen it before. I like the mystery of it all. Fashion and beauty films are some of my favourites as you can be very creative and off topic with them and this is something that appeals to me when coming to create my own film.

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Nick Knight has created some of my most favourite fashion films I have ever seen. My personal favourites are the ones he creates for the Alexander McQueen fashion brand. I wouldn’t even class his work as a film, its more like an art. The colours, graphics, glitches, costumes and sets are all so unique and slightly odd, but thats what makes them so good. They are a bit eerie to watch, as there is never many words or a lot of music, so your attention is solely on whats in the video. In some of his videos, he makes the models seem like they aren’t even human. With the clothes they wear, the hair and the makeup, altogether its very aesthetically exciting. Nick Knight has ben an inspiration of mine for as long as I can remember so I am very familiar of his work, and will be taking even more inspiration from him the it comes to this project.

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I have only recently come around to seeing Ben Toms work. The film I like most that he produced was a short fashion film for Dazed.com. It was called “Girl On Fashion” and it features Kendall Jenner in a range of different costumes, outfits, hair styles and poses. There aren’t any words, so again, you can mainly focus on Kendall. It is very glitchy and has a lot of effects on it to make it seem distorted. Again, this makes it all more an art form. I like how it is mainly made up of short clips and still images, put into a longer film and this is something I will consider doing when making my own film.

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Inez and Vinoodh are a Dutch photography and film duo. They have produced images and film for huge name publications such as all around the world Vogue issues, AnOther, Dazed, Billboard and Harpers Bazaar, to name a few. I am very into makeup and beauty and I also love Rihanna, so when I saw the advert they produced for it, I instantly loved it.

Its very current, trendy and features a range of different models with different racial looks. There is music over the top that fits very well with the street style film advert which gives it that extra hip street vibe. The styling and makeup also works well with the style of the film, it makes it all seem very well thought out. Watching this advert has been a huge inspiration and I will definitely take points from this if I consider to make this style film for my project.

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