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Well, let's say I made it far enough for my IMDB to have a "trademarks" section. Here's some motifs I like to use, and would love to use on a bigger budget:
-- Quick dialogue.
-- Extreme close-ups on everyday tasks, or when an item is touched (light switch, button), or dropped/put on a table (gun, bowl, etc).
-- Disguised whip-pan cuts between scenes.
-- Overhead shots on items (see Wes Anderson films)
-- Inter-cutting between the current time and events of a story being told. (like someone in the present asking a question, and having it answered in the flashbacked anecdote).
-- If I had more money I'd frequently use a cover song or two in my soundtracks. Often covers sung by singers of the opposite gender of the songs original singer. I also write in a lot of 70s, 80s and 90s music into my scripts. If its current, its usually a lesser-known British band. If its before the 70s, its often an ironic use of the music. Like in one of my scripts, I have an Al Jolson song being used in an intense scene.
-- Most of my shooting style is hand-held in tenser situations or arguments.
-- Characters comically bickering in intense situations. Black sense of humor.
-- I've used 360 shots a couple of times.
-- Most of my scripts have had sudden dark turns in tone, or sudden outbursts of (often off-screen) violence.
this is a neat topic.
i am a director, but not for film, for theatre. the two mediums are very different, but have some similarities.
my directing style is very open with actor interpretations, i like to challenge them to dig deep and really find the good stuff. that would be my film directing style too, i think, lots of contrasts: loud and soft, big gestures and small, full emotion and stoicism. those are things i'd like to explore in a film medium.
i would also encourage everyone to be really comfortable and just get the takes in a non stressful way. i might just keep the camera rolling as we're doing sides or going over the lines, something in that might be more real than after action is called. although a waste of film is a waste of money, so i might not have the leeway to do that.
my biggest weakness would probably be anything that had CG markers in it. i can't fathom how directors are able to get good performances out of actors when the effects aren't there yet.
Sounds good for filmmaking that you focus on how deep you want your chararcters through a technique I think is called "psycological realism". It is most notably used in stuff like Fight Club and Taxi Driver where the writer, director and actor(s) give the character a brain as well as, what I call it, being able to have a round form and are affected by time (just means to develop them and give them a complex personality). As for CGI, it depends on the actor sometimes because they may be more experienced with an effect because they've been in heavy CGI films.
Slow Mo - Hey, it all started with that flashy scene from The Matrix and is painfully used in Zack Snyder's "movies" so . . . Its good to see someone avoid that getting old really fast style of sequences.
Third Man - Of Course! Although not my favorite noir, it is in my Top 5
Hair - Ohhhh, expressionalistic directing. Don't know much about that; however, it worth looking up
Crew - Your own man of the crew? Sounds like a Charlie Chaplin thing :D.
Question - well, yes deep inside of me. I truly want to be a comic book artist and direction in comics is the same in the direction of film, I think; however, one day I truly desire to make the first animated epic film. I have scripts for other things like a noir that would be something like the Sweet Smell of Success, a retelling of the Avatar; the Last Airbender trilogy and an actual movie about the Transformers; however, directing it is something that is completly different from writing a script. Direction is something I would love to go into to understand the "in the making of filmmaking" and to actually make my mark in my favorite medium. I don't know if I would want to do this stuff forever, but I wouldn't mind if I did. I hope tthat answered your question :D.
I have only directed one film which is available pretty much no where except my house. And my budget was $0. However if I were to be big enough I think these would be my main components.
- Quick dialogue, minimizing monologues and minimizing extended time on one person in a conversation
- Documentary style of shooting as if a camera crew were following characters in story, minimize quick cuts and spend time on one shot just changing angles
- Layered characters with a non-linear story line
- Small cast not to many characters focus more on the history of the character
- Crime would be a recurring theme in my films
- Violent, but I wouldn't use violence as a crutch
- I would often be an extra with little to no lines in the film
- I wish to direct my own screen plays, but not produce.
- Adressess issues that are prevalent in our society by having my characters be affected by it (Ex. Homosexuality, War on Terror, and uprising in different islamic countries)
Well, thats different. Usually people would love the special effects narrative. If your not going to give oos and ahhs, will you just give good storytelling with good documentary techniques to make it feel more like it could happen anytime?