I am currently in the middle of simultaneous productions and feeling stretched thin. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I take a minute to remind myself why I started out on this journey as a filmmaker. So this week I revisited some old favorites to keep me inspired.
I LOVE REWATCHING MOVIES AT DIFFERENT AGES. I GLEAN SOMETHING NEW EACH TIME.
Today I marvel at framing and color. I won't even try to tackle my opinions of 2001 Space Odyssey. It is a beautiful, confusing, cerebral experience albeit masculine view on birth, death and space. That is as far as I will go. I DROOL over the framing and mise en scene. Makes me want to shoot an entire one point perspective film. Symmetry is satisfying. I will forever have a cinematic crush on Kubrick.
THAT COLOR THOUGH...
HELLO EYE CONTACT - I NEVER NOTICED YOU BEFORE.
Silence of the Lambs is one of those films I avoided for a long time. Anthony Hopkins = Amazing. That's all I needed to know. Because of it's popularity, I stayed away. Last night, I could not sleep. The film I am currently editing is swimming around in my head. So unlike most normal people that would get up and put on something soothing to calm the mind... I put on Silence of the Lambs.
I never noticed the eye contact and point of view. Consequently, the film I just shot uses this technique quite a bit. Just where my brain is calibrated at the moment. Hannibal Lecter staring straight at me, I want to look away but I can't. No wonder this gives me the willies. Wonderful use of breaking the fourth wall. Knowing what this must have taken to direct and perform, I am now officially impressed. I may be tardy to that party but it doesn't make it any less cool. After enjoying said discovery for a few scenes, I drifted off into a deep sleep. Luckily, without any unwanted dinner guests.
Both films now streaming on Netflix. Inspiration achieved. #alwaysinspired #inspirationeverywhere