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Directors' Trademarks

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Hey everyone. So I've seen a few of these videos and I really like them. I've decided to post them here periodically to share with the class, so to speak. These first couple aren't available on Youtube, so I'm not sure how many people have seen them:

I think a lot of faneditors tend to be very observant about the little touches that directors put into their films. Even still, you might miss connections and themes if they're more subtle or story-related rather than visual, or if you haven't seen enough of a director's filmography. Yorgos Lanthimos was like that for me. This video series will point some of these things out, which (for me) gives a bit more enjoyment when you're watching their other films and then notice these things for yourself.

There's also potential here to relate directly to fanediting. There are a few edits (Pulp Empire comes to mind) which take a popular work and reinterpret it more in the style of another director or film. I think that's supercool and fun, so if anyone sees a style in these vids and gets inspired to reinterpret, say, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in the style of, oh I dunno, Guy Ritchie, then the entire thread will have been worth it.

Enjoy!
 

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i Love Lanthimos...Dogtooth is a masterpiece. I thought Alps was great although i don't think it has any rewatch value. And i have often wanted to edit Killing of a Sacred Deer as it just looks and feels so beautiful but somehow something is missing. I will definitely give that another viewing in the future.
Like Lynch, Malick & Wes Andersen, Yorgos really does have his own unique style.

I will give this a watch later.
 

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Below is the Youtube playlist I made for most of the "Season 1" Director's Trademark videos. There are some big ones here with very defined styles such as Spielberg, Spike Lee, Cuaron, Tarantino, the Coens, Burton, Fincher, Scorsese, and many more. It was a real joy to watch them, so I share them together with you.
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If you just want to start from the beginning, here is the first episode: Luc Besson. He said he was retiring in 2000 to switch to just writing and producing, but that turned out to just be a 6 year break. His films since coming out of retirement haven't recaptured the same magic, but his initial run from '83 to '99 was such a unique voice and brought us some absolute classics...all of which are featured here:
 

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"Episode 2" of the series is a pretty pumping one on James Cameron. I love the music on this, and the way they've edited it together is pretty great.
 

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"Ep. 3"...the big dog. Few directors have a more distinct and yet influential style compared to Steven Spielberg. Probably owns more of my most treasured films than any other director. This trip through his catalogue is a joy to watch.
 

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BRAAAAAAAA{Nolan has been so successful for long enough to see himself become cinephiles' villain...his sense of style and overall excellence in presentation resonates with me more often than not though, and even his failures (Interstellar and Insomnia [and arguably the Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk, though those might have just been too ambitious] are often cited) can be argued to be much more interesting than the modest successes of most other directors}AAAAAAM!
 

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Next up is M. "What a Twist!" Night Shyamalan... who had SUCH a distinct style that his first couple films were astounding.... until he just kept repeating the same trademarks and they became obvious and forced.
 

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Spike Lee is a filmmaker that misses with me more than he hits, but you can't deny the man has style:
 

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Peter Berg has had a really surprising directorial career. I think he's better as an actor, and was probably even better as an athlete, but my low expectations of him mean that when he does something a cut above (like The Kingdom or The Rundown), it makes for a really enjoyable watch.
 

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Cuaron is undeniably an amazing director, and especially a visually-powerful one. Here's a quick trip through some of those images:
 
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