Masters Behind the Camera

Masters Behind the Camera

Lilly Ball , Editor in Chief

While many filmmakers may emulate one another, each provides their audience with  unique experiences. With every film, they leave a different feeling lingering deep within you as you watch on. This distinctiveness could be attributed to any of the many aspects of cinema– cast, script, cinematography. But whatever it may be, each director makes their individual mark, molding the cast and script to make it their own masterpiece.

Throughout my journey into becoming a film buff, I have fallen in love with a few directors who, for the most part, don’t disappoint me.

Wes Anderson possesses some form of magic. Each and every one of his films contains a certain Anderson-esque quality that allows them to be both whimsical and moving.

I am embarrassed to say that the first Anderson film that introduced me to his wizardry was the 2012 release, “Moonrise Kingdom.” After the film ended, I left thinking that it was the strangest film I had ever witnessed, but it’s quirkiness charmed me.

From “Moonrise Kingdom,” I moved onto “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” and my favorite, “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Each of Anderson’s creations is it’s own adventure, with a strange color scheme and personality that carries throughout the film. For those who are unfamiliar with Anderson’s work, I suggest starting with his latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” to ease you into his eccentricity.

Alejandro González Iñárritu has been shoved into the spotlight fairly recently, with his Academy Award win for “Birdman” last year. But long before “Birdman,” Iñárritu was creating heartbreaking Spanish-language films. The transition from films such as “Biutiful” to “Birdman” is enough to rattle any director, but Iñárritu did it flawlessly.

Upon viewing “Birdman,” I immediately sought out the genius director. I was surprised but pleased to learn of  Iñárritu, a Mexican director making his mark on the American film industry, with “The Revenant” only further proving his immense skill. Each of  Iñárritu’s films has an overbearing ambiance, enveloping audience members, and a fantastic soundtrack to go along with it. He may only have a handful of releases, but each is so fantastic that Iñárritu is now one of the greats.

When I say that Joe Wright is one of my favorite directors, I promise that it is not just because of “Pride and Prejudice.” While he may have directed my absolute favorite film, Wright has a knack for period dramas and beautiful cinematography, making his films such as “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina” unbelievably dreamy. His films are mainly adaptations of classic novels, and manage to stay true to the author’s work, while maintaining the otherworldly feel that Wright is so skilled at creating.