There are two types of directors. Some focus purely on the actors. Some focus on the image. Naturally, for a director to be successful, you have to find the right blend of the two, but one thing that cannot be discounted is the value of an iconic image to a director.
Some director’s have become so attached to the images they create, certain frames will just scream, Tarantino, Fincher or Anderson. To these directors, while the image may not mean everything, it signals the audience unconsciously or not, that they are watching a movie, from them.
Shutterstock knows the power of an image and as a promotion, they’ve compiled groups of footage that emulate the styles of 5 famous directors. Anderson, Fincher, Tarantino, Cuaron and Malick.
While I’m a bit confused as to why Cuaron’s selections are only from space, (he has had along and storied history with fantastic imagery before Gravity) the overall collection is a lot of fun, and really really cool. I have to commend Shutterstock for having such a great promotional idea.
Beyond the promotional aspect of this, it’s pretty enlightening to see these styles displayed with just stock footage. If there’s anything that shows you the style of a director, it’s putting an image entirely out of context, yet still be unable to view it as anything other than a Malick-like image, or a Fincher-esque frame.
Directors’ Cuts: A Stock Footage Tribute to the Visual Styles of Modern Directors
Directors’ Cuts: A Stock Footage Tribute to Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and More
There are few things more important to film directors than visual style. While story and performance are always given the utmost attention, the look and feel of a film can be just as influential. Visual style gives directors a unique voice that can make their work recognizable without a word being uttered. And with recognition comes reputation: legendary filmmakers such as Francois Truffaut, Orson Welles, and Alfred Hitchcock had such distinct styles that their names became synonymous with their singular aesthetics.
Today, this is more important than ever. Modern directors have to find new ways to tell stories that will set them apart from the pack, and a select few do it in a way that speaks to their unique sensibilities while resonating with a wide audience.
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)