30 DMC: Day 21 – Your Favourite Director

Before I begin, let me just remind you to visit Cumuloquoise’s blog site as we continue to complete the 30 Day Movie Challenge together. For today’s topic, her choice is Joss Whedon so click here to find out why.

Honestly, I don’t really follow who the backstage casts are for movies and films. Cumuloq is definitely much more familiar with all the back-end movie scenes compared to me. So, disclaimer – please take whatever I say now with a pinch of salt.

Anyway, I think my favourite director is Christopher Nolan. One of the reason is because of his filmography – the type and genre of movie he directs. According to Wikipedia,

Nolan’s films are rooted in philosophical and sociological concepts and ideas, exploring human morality, the construction of time, and the malleable nature of memory and personal identity. Experimentation with metafictive elements, temporal shifts, solipsistic perspectives, nonlinear storytelling and the analogous relationship between the visual language and narrative elements, permeate his entire body of work. He is also described as “one of the most innovative storytellers and image makers at work in movies today.”

Well, there are a lot of amazing films out there – some are rather far-fetched while some hit close to home. I like Christopher Nolan because he is able to bring these boisterous far-fetched ideas and present it to us in a very matter-of-factly manner. As such, we take the seemingly surreal story behind the movie and focus on the more important questions on morality and other things. Just think of The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight trilogy (2005–2012), and Inception (2010).

Also, I like that Christopher Nolan considers himself as a Traditionalist. He prefers film to digital, shoots with one camera, and doesn’t believe in 3-D. I, personally, don’t like 3D movies as well. And, I like to appreciate a movie for more than its camera tricks. Considering that he is self-taught and didn’t learn the tricks from a professional school, he seems to have a style, flair and talent for the craft – one that gives him an edge over the others. He doesn’t even attend all his shootings. Instead, he focuses on understanding the movie and the point it is trying to put across.

There’s probably more reasons as to why Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors around – and, hence my favourite. But, I’d suggest you think about it the next time you watch a movie. What do you think makes a great movie and how important do you think a director is.

I’m gonna sleep now but Cumuloq and I shall catch you tmr for the movie(s) that we practically know the whole script of. Tata! 🙂

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