Top 10 movies to watch, if you want to become a Cinematographer or DOP (Curated by Sushant Sharma & Hani Wadhwani) On just the 3 day of the quarantine it feels like it has already been a decade. As all of us are struggling to do something productive in this period, we at Shoot Guru thought to provide our budding filmmakers some of the best movies of the decade that could help them learn and take inspiration from to gear up for the time that will come. I want to give you a tip here, don't just watch the movies try and analyse it’s cinematography, direction, and storyline. You can search for the screenplay of the movie and learn about how things were executed during the shoot. You can also discuss the queries with me in the comment section.
Here are out top 10 must watch films if you want to become a cinematographer or a DOP 1. The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network is a 2010 American biographical drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, it portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. Indeed, this theme of isolation and a growing dependency on technology would go on to be a central aspect of many films in the ensuing 10 years. The movie also expertly zeroes in on Silicon Valley culture and how misogyny and God complexes run rampant. The film feels truly ahead of its time, and although there’s no murder afoot, David Fincher crafts a tale with as much suspense as you will find in any thriller. The Social Network defines the 2010s, and it is the movie we deserve in these trying times. 2. Parasite (2019)
Korean: 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. In today's time, Parasite feels to be a perfect fit. The entire story is filmed beautifully with particular attention to designing and lighting the central house. And this message is told with an expertly crafted high-wire act of tension that feels right at home in a Mission: Impossible movie 3. Get Out (2017)
Get Out is a 2017 American horror film, written and directed by Jordan Peele in his directorial debut. It stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, and Catherine Keener. The movie marks a new direction for the horror genre to take and proves that black filmmakers can indeed make critical and commercial successes. It’s also bitingly entertaining, being satirical, surprising, and horrifying, sometimes all at once.
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film, featuring the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales / Spider-Man, produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. The best superhero movie of the last decade isn’t an Avengers team-up or a grim DC flick. It’s a wonderfully animated Spider-Man movie about someone else other than Peter Parker. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is precisely what the superhero genre needed right at that moment.
5. Gravity (2013)
Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who also co-wrote, co-edited and produced the film. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as American astronauts who are stranded in space after the mid-orbit destruction of their Space Shuttle, and attempt to return to Earth. Gravity is a genuine technical marvel. It doesn’t deal with lofty themes. Instead, it takes you on one woman’s journey to survive in the most devastating environment imaginable and holding onto your senses for 91 minutes. 6. Ex Machina (2015)
Ex Machina is a 2014 science fiction film written and directed by Alex Garland. Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno, and Oscar Isaac star in a story that follows a programmer who is invited by his CEO to administer the Turing test to an intelligent humanoid robot. Ex Machina is a sci-fi thriller for the ages. It masterfully weaves together themes of artificial intelligence and gender dynamics. Every twist and flourish is earned through brilliant camerawork, leading to an intense finale that will leave you reeling. Everything from the minimalistic production design to the haunting score help tell a story that will never truly leave your psyche. 7. Hugo (2011)
Hugo is a 2011 steampunk adventure drama film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese, and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it tells the story of a boy who lives alone in the Gare Montparnasse railway station in Paris in the 1930s.. Hugo may be a children’s film, but that doesn’t make it any less significant. In fact, it may just make it all the more vital in the grand scope of cinema. The movie has a profound love of movies, delving into the fantastical history of filmmaking. Not only is the story important, but the film has the best use of 3D technologies put to film. It shows that after all of these years, Martin Scorsese still has not lost his love for filmmaking.
8. Dunkirk (2017)
Dunkirk is a 2017 war film written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan that depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. The film is firmly Christopher Nolan’s show, expressing why he’s one of the best directors working today. High-octane set pieces and three separate timelines could’ve easily become convoluted, but Nolan never leaves his eye off the story he’s determined to tell. The soundtrack and cinematography tell the story where dialogue is sparse. A must watch to understand parallel storytelling..
9. Inception (2010)
Inception is a 2010 science fiction action film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who also produced the film with his wife, Emma Thomas. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. Cerebral action movies hit an apex at the beginning of the decade with Inception. It is a film that encourages debate and analysis. Much like the dreamscapes, the film itself has numerous layers you can dive into. It’s a brilliant feat of moviemaking and imagination that shows just what you can do with a unique, innovative idea. Watching the behind-the-scenes featurette of Joseph Gordon-Levitt during the hallway fight scene will never cease to amaze everyone. 10. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 post-apocalyptic action film co-written, produced, and directed by George Miller. Miller collaborated with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris on the screenplay. It helps to go into the film knowing virtually everything you see is a practical effect. It’s impressive how everything came together so fluidly, and at the same time, they were able to weave together a timely parable on femininity and gender roles. George Miller has achieved something truly remarkable here, and Fury Road has more than earned its spot among arthouse pieces as one of the defining films of the decade.
We hope that in the next few days you will be able to watch some of these films, break them down and in case you want to discuss feel free to comment.
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