Watching films for reference (2 replies and 1 comment)
I am curious, when prepping a project, do directors ever ask you to watch films as a reference for what they are trying to achieve visually? And if so, do you do it, and do you find it a useful tool? I am frequently encouraged by collaborators (I am a director) to make look books and give reference films for the look I want, but I never think it's a good idea, as I'm not trying to achieve the look or tone of another film. I always feel that the story is the only thing guiding the look of the film in my mind's eye. I tend to lean towards a naturalistic style, so I could point towards other naturalistic films, but I'm never sure how helpful it would be. I would love to know your thoughts, and anyone else's on this matter.
I think looking at other work can be useful at starting a conversation. I think it can be useful to do a 'look book' on a project like 'BR2049' but its not by any means necessary. Besides, everyone has a different approach.
That's very interesting to hear. Thank you. What sort of things did you include in the look book for Blade Runner 2049? I am assuming it was more along the lines of photography, than other films. I suppose it is definitely useful for worldbuilding in science fiction, but would you have found it at all useful on, say, Prisoners?
For 'Prisoners'? Not so much. For 'BR 2049' we referenced all sorts of images from architecture to weather to geology to fashion.