Film Director Essays

Auteur Theory _ Darren Aronofsky

Translated from the French, auteur simply means “author”. There have been varied perceptions regarding this theory, its importance and effectiveness. Auteur theory is essentially “a method of evaluating films based on the director’s involvement and input”. The concept of ‘Auteur’ was first introduced by Francois Truffaut in 1954 in A Certain Tendency in French Cinema. (1) In this work he claimed that film is a great medium for expressing the personal ideas of the director. He suggested that this meant…

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Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, animator, manga artist, producer, and screenwriter. Through his animation career that has spanned over fifty years, Miyazaki has been loved and highly recognized by the public with his high quality works full of imagination. People enjoy his animated films not only because his films are distinct from those animation which portrait love and romantic, or violence and war, but also because of the hidden meaning in his films. While many people think he…

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Guillermo Del Toro

“I’m really a freak in every place I go. I don’t quite fit in the independent scene, I don’t quite fit in the art scene, and I don’t fit in the Hollywood scene, so I’m a weird strange fat motherfucker. I’ll tell you this: I plan to stay that way, because there is something to be said… I think when you get comfortable, you start growing old. You are doing something wrong. ” (In Conversation with Jon Favreau) Guillermo Del…

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Jerzy Grotowski

There were few men who were seen as key figures in the 20th century in terms of furthering the actor’s technique, and Jerzy Grotowski was one of them. Grotowski was a Polish theater director and innovator of experimental theater, the “theatre laboratory,” and “poor theatre” concepts. On August 11, 1933, Grotowski was born in Rzeszow, Poland, and he died in Pontedera, Italy on January 14, 1999 at age 65. During World War II, Grotowski’s family got separated. His father went…

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Semiotics. Film

Film genres represent classification of movies into groups that have similar and familiar themes, settings, filmic techniques, period, plot, motifs and stars. Genre is easy to recognize but it is very difficult to define. Because of a changing nature of genres and subgenres, their fusion and our changing perception toward art, independent or foreign films that are becoming its own genre in western viewers eyes. Film genre creates some expectations for its audience. Most films within a certain genre fulfill…

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Mise En Scene

This current semester, I am taking Introduction to Film. I decided to take the class only because it was in a convenient time slot, and not because I had any interest in taking the class. I am, however, enjoying it; for instance, we watched Quentin Tarantino’s, Reservoir Dogs — it was the first time I had ever seen the film, it was weird, but cool. Anyway… The first major paper in the class is a scene analysis. We could pick…

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Sam Mendes

British born director Sam Mendes is probably best known for his film American Beauty, his first feature length film released in 1999. Most directors don’t win vast amounts of recognition for their first film, let alone awards, but Mendes was nominated for eight Oscars and won five—not to mention eighty-three other film festival wins. His second movie, Road to Perdition (2002) also received a copious amount of attention; it was nominated for six Oscars, and won one. He then went…

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