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who's your most influental director/s?

Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 4:28pm

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Hey guys, I'm curious who's your most influental director. From which director did you learn most or which one brought you this far?


Mine are:
Spielberg/Lucas Duo: Because they showed me with Star Wars and Indiana Jones what entertainment and love for movies is about. I've seen this films when I was younger and really liked them. Thats why I love movies.

Brian De Palma: I'm maybe borrowing most of his ideas in my movies and we love the same genre, mystery thrillers. The steady-cam work in his movies like Obsession or Dressed to Kill are incredible. I love the silent-scenes which contain only music and acting combined with style. I'm one of those who set style over story.

Stanley Kubrick: My favourite move is Dr. Strangelove and some of the others like The Shining are awesome. I like the very unaturally long sequences he's done in his movie. I've done them too in my other movies.

Alfred Hitchcock: I don't have to explain this obvious decision, except for one thing: The book from Fran├žois Truffaut with Hitchcock. You can learn so much only reading a few pages, incredible.

Martin Scorsese: Movies like Raging Bull or Taxi Driver are just incredible cinema and these images just stay in your head until you want to direct and understand them by yourself!


My favourite is Brian De Palma.



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Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 5:38pm

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spielberg....hes such a clever and subtle visual director. Just think about the visuals in some of his films. Jurassic Park, Minority Report, ET, Jaws, AI. They might not all be good films, but they look great.
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 6:16pm

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Mine are


Tim Burton: He showed me that films truly can be a work of pure Art and genious. And that a film can have very intelligent philosophical metaphours AND be entertaining at the same time...

Sam Raimi: When I saw Army of Darkness I knew that I want to do films. He is a great inspiration and he shows in a great way what filmmaking is about too: HAVING FUN. smile

Roland Emmerich: Size does matter... What else can I say... biggrin

Stephen Sommers: He is just a cool dude who made some of the best and most entertaining films I have ever seen.
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 6:25pm

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Quentin Tarintino: A newer director with an oldschool feel, a great writer/director...What else can you say but that he is just an amazing guy.

David Fincher: Great style in Seven and Fight Club. Very good use of light or lack there of of light.
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 6:50pm

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I must say Tim Burton is one of my favs can anyone imagine what Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is going to be like, with burton doing it, the guy knows art nearly all of his films look brilliant, and he of course did the first and best Batman film.

Peter Jackson not just because lord of the rings happens to be one of my favourite films to date i have a real soft spot for The Frighteners, staring one of my all time favourite actors Michael J Fox and he just has the vision on what he wants he has made lord of the rings one of the most cinematic films ever brilliant.

Quentin Tarantino for just the sheer madness of his films to the humour the sick, Pulp Fiction is a great film and so is Resevoir Dogs and im really looking forward to Kill Bill.

Then of course Spielberg, he has made some of my favourite films from Close Encounters to Jurassic Park, the guy really knows how to bring certain things to life
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 7:07pm

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Paul Thomas Anderson - Magnolia was sublime, & his other films are masterpieces. I rarely see many films that are perfect on every level, from script, music, acting & photography but Magnolia has it all.

Sergio Leone - Once Upon a Time in the West is great and atmospheric, & he showed he didn't just make westerns with Once Upon a Time in America.

Billy Wilder - Sunset Boulevard & Some Like it Hot show his versatility & courage in directing different genres.

Gary Ross - Pleasantville is a smashing film but after seeing it with the commentary I respected its director very much. If I hadn't already wanted to become a filmmaker that commentary would have done it for me!

Richard Kelly - After one film (Donnie Darko) I may be building him up but let's see, shall we...?

Other directors & films of theirs: Tim Burton (Ed Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs), Kubrick (Full Metal Jacket, 2001), Hitchcock (Vertigo is superb, North By Northwest is too).

I don't have a favourite or one who's influenced me the most, but I suppose everytime I watch a film I come away with something inspirational.
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 7:47pm

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I like a bit of tim burton and peter jackson biggrin

Not that i make films, but if i did i'd wanna base it on their work, ignoring my signature that is...

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Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 8:19pm

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hey, why dont you add a poll to this...
maybe including all the directors in here, or maybe just the more popular ones...
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 8:38pm

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Wes Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson

Kubrick

I'll say Brian Singer because he can direct a film with 13 main characters perfectly, which has got to be hard to do, but he's also a pompous ass, so maybe not.

And, although he's only directed one film so far, George Clooney. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is pure genius.
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 8:46pm

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Kram1563 wrote:

I must say Tim Burton is one of my favs can anyone imagine what Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is going to be like, with burton doing it, the guy knows art nearly all of his films look brilliant,
I also heard that Johnny Depp is going to play Willy Wonka!! THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT! Imagine Johnny Depp in a lovely filled colorful world. Depp, have played, Edward ScissorHands, Crane in sleepy hollow, Jack sparrow...etc...etc...

WILLY WONKA! HAHA! (hey, anything beats the original)

Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 9:06pm

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Yeah Depp would be good as Wonka but there were the two other people in the running for wonka who i would of liked to see as him one more then the other Michael Keaton, i think would of made a great willy wonka and the other Christopher Wolken oh how he would scare the crapp outta the little kiddies in his chocolate factorie
"welcome......to.......my chocolate......factory"

and the first willy wonka is great, its always on at christmas and its nice to watch.

specially this scene

*on the pedal boat thingy*

"THERE'S NO EARTHLY WAY OF KNOWING
WHICH DIRECTION WE ARE GOING
THERE'S NO KNOWING WHERE WE'RE ROWING
OR WHICH WAY THE RIVER'S FLOWING
IS IT RAINING
IS IT SNOWING
IS A HURRICANE A-BLOWING..........

BLEH!

NOT A SPECK OF LIGHT IS SHOWING
SO THE DANGER MUST BE GROWING
ARE THE FIRES OF HELL A GLOWING?
IS THE GRISLY REAPER MOWING?
YES! THE DANGER MUST BE GROWING
FOR THE ROWERS KEEP ON ROWING
AND THEY'RE CERTAINLY NOT SHOWING
ANY SIGNS THAT THEY ARE SLOWING!"
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 9:14pm

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agreed willy wonka is a classic film, good lil' watch if ur bored...

BUT, depp would be a great willy wonka, i mean, he's great whateva he does!!!! he rules!!!

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Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 10:44pm

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4036Douglas wrote:

hey, why dont you add a poll to this...
maybe including all the directors in here, or maybe just the more popular ones...
hmm... it's a good idea, but there's one problem... not enough poll options. I would have to limit to only a very few directors, unless I change the question to "The most influental Director in history of cinema". smile

Edit: argh... I see I forgot one of my favourite directors: SERGIO LEONE.... sorry! tard

"Once Upon a Time in the West" is one of my all time favs. I love the music of Ennio Morricone combined with the cinema of Leone
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2003, 10:55pm

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Mellifluous wrote:



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I don't have a favourite or one who's influenced me the most, but I suppose everytime I watch a film I come away with something inspirational.
I'd say that too. James Cameron, John Woo, David Lean, David Lynch, Truffaut, Welles, Stone, Bogdanovich, Tornatorre, Zemeckis, McTiernan, Coen Brothers, Sayles, etc. they all influenced with at least one of their movies... but then you could say that particular movie influenced you, instead of the director biggrin
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 12:19am

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Oops! Spanish Prisoner, you brought up two more who are VERY influential to me. The Coen Brothers and David Lynch.

Especially David Lych. I made a black and white short about 6 months ago that's totally Lynchian, but the blasted sound is too quiet. Someday I'll edit it up all nice and present it. But yes, very inspired by David Lynch.

Also, if you're going to have a poll on the most influential directors of all time, I'd say William K.L. Dickson, and Vincent Whitman must be included. Considering William Dickson made pretty much the first movies, and for sure the first movie with the intention of being displayed to the public, and Whitman made A Trip To The Moon. Both of those directors are very influential, because without them, where would we be?
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 12:47am

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Spileberg, Tarantino (the man's a genius), Scott, Zemeckis, Fincher, Verbinski, Cameron, Rodriguez, Shyamalan, Sonnenfeld (the older stuff), Spike Lee and so much more.
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 1:26am

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I think it's very hard to give an answer to questions such as this, just as much as what's your favourite song, who's your favourite author, etc. Why is this so? Well for starters, there is always new stuff coming out, by old and new directors alike. For example i only like one speilberg film: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" but suppose he brought out a new film that I loved and was inspired (at least to a degree) by I wouldnt say he was the influential director of choice
Truth be told our influences are made up of a conglomerate of experiences that we have seen, which we may not have even known cane from a particular source.
That being said, I have my favourites but I can't easily pin one down to a particular.
Fritz Lang, James Cameron (except for Titanic), Matthieu Kassovitz, Paul Anderson, Sinichiro Watanabe, Richard Linklater.
But if I had to choose a favourite, it'd be...
TOM TYKWER.

But all in all my filmic inspiration comes from separate films, but my overall inspiration comes from music.
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 1:51am

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Myself wink
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 4:04am

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i think that robin williems would make a great willie wonkka!!!!!!
some of my favorite directors are steven spelberg, tim burton, alfred hichcock,Ridley Scott and many others!!
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 6:49am

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I'm sorry, but Robin Williams as willy wonka? Have you ever even seen that movie? Robin is a great actor, don't get me wrong, and he can play dark characters (Yes, Willy Wonka is a dark character, despite his colorful world.) as he's proven with Death To Smoochy, One Hour Photo, and I think I'm forgetting others, but don't worry about them. But he's just too.... Robin Williams. Maybe his reputation is just too goofy. I personally think Johnny Depp is perfect for that role. I mean, look at the guys career. I've never once seen him in a part I didn't like him in. He is THE actor. And Tim Burton would be a fantastic director for that. Because he can take a story and make it dark and moody, but also very colorful and vibrant. Even if the vibrancy comes from shades of grey. Maybe I'm the only one who's noticed that. Haha. biggrin
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Spielberg, Zemeckis and Lucas have got to be pretty influential, seeing as I grew up on their movies.

More recently, for influential directors I'd go for David Fincher, Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez (more for his inspirational technique than his style), Paul Verhoeven, James Cameron, Sam Raimi...

They're the ones that spring to mind, anyway.
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 2:07pm

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I'd have to say that my personal favorite is John Woo. . . . . he's just awesome

some of my other favorites would include Guy Ritchie, Steve Norrington, Roland Emmerich, Ang Lee, Guillermo del Toro, and Tom Tykwer
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I hope Guy Ritchie can save himself after he shot himself in the face with Swept Away. I didn't think it was as bad as everyone said, but it was still very bad. Especially compared to "Lock Stock" and Snatch.
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Snatch is the greatest. biggrin
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Tru'nuff.
Posted: Fri, 29th Aug 2003, 9:33am

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Speilberg should be on everyones list.
NOT Lucas, I think Lucas was just lucky, he only directed the first starwars ( new hope ) Slipstream... anyone remember that crap then you have the last two starwars cgi films..... see my point !!!

John Hughes, all the old classics inc breakfast club.
Ron howard, James Cameron, Paul Verhoeven, Zemeckis, Tim Burton For his style
And Peter Jackson biggrin
Posted: Fri, 29th Aug 2003, 12:05pm

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John Woo. My films are similar in style to his with the melodrama and gunplay Sunset in a Beretta's Eye is about love, honour and betrayal with some shoot 'em up action in there too. smile

Robert Rodriguez. His films are cool but it's his technique of little money, little time makin' a good movie, that make him one of the best.

Sergio Leone. Kind of an early Woo.

Ang Lee, David Lynch, The Coen Brothers, James Cameron, Luc Besson, Spielberg, Tsui Hark etc are all good and I take the odd piece of inspiration from them but Woo, Rodriguez and Leone have influenced me the most.
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ahh im so glad, i was gonna write a note to you guys stressing, but i had a quick look and see tarn and cypher have noted. David Fincher for me. Is one of my fav directors. he gets good scripts and makes really intresting visual pieces. Alien 3 could have been good, but it got taken back by the producers, and got turned into something shit. so that wasnt his fault. but come on "fight club" "se7en" "the game" "panic room" ok panic room not the greatest script but visualy COME ON!

I would say john woo the man of slow motion, also kubrik amazing films in them selfs, hmm spielberg well the guy of realisim for me. i mean classics like jaws and so foruth and saving private ryan, what can you say! theres lots out there i cant even remember. Tarantino another of my favs. ill leave it there for the moe razz
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My most influential are:

George A. Romero (Dead trilogy, Martin, Monkey Shines, The Crazies)
Sam Raimi (Evil Dead trilogy, Quick and the dead)
Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko! biggrin)
Peter Jackson (Braindead/Dead Alivem, LOTR)
John Carpenter (The Thing)
Paul Anderson (Despite Resident Evil being a flop story-wise, his style is rather nice)
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For me, it's been:

Paul Veroheven, Sam Raimi, James Cameron, John Carpenter, John Woo, and Michael Bay for his elements of syle...
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Cameron, Speilberg and Fukasaku.

The combination of those three making a film would rule although be extremely random.

Heh, if Fukasaku was still alive I would want him to re-make Terminator 2. Extremem violent edition. wink
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ooh, how could I forget Michael Bay? He's a good one. . . . .
Posted: Wed, 3rd Sep 2003, 1:31am

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Yeah, what I love about Michael Bay is, his movies are very cinematic, or at least the pictures are beatufully shot and always moving. One of my favourites is Armageddon.

yeah, I know most of you hate or think Armageddon ist stupid, but it doesn't matter... some moments are pure cinema... a mix of picture and music and drama, incredible. cool
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His films have some great angles and loads of energy, "Bad Boys II" is going to be one of the big cinema events of the year for me. I just watched "The Rock" I think that's his best with "Bad Boys" close behind "Armageddon" some way behind that and "Pearl Harbour" way behind under a pile of old socks.