Film director Essay Topics

Sam Mendes

British born director Sam Mendes is probably best known for his film American Beauty, his first feature length film released in 1999. Most directors don’t win vast amounts of recognition for their first film, let alone awards, but Mendes was nominated for eight Oscars and won five—not to mention eighty-three other film festival wins. His… View Article

Auteur Theory : Darren Aronofsky

Translated from the French, auteur simply means “author”. There have been varied perceptions regarding this theory, its importance and effectiveness. Auteur theory is essentially “a method of evaluating films based on the director’s involvement and input”. The concept of ‘Auteur’ was first introduced by Francois Truffaut in 1954 in A Certain Tendency in French Cinema…. View Article

Jerzy Grotowski

There were few men who were seen as key figures in the 20th century in terms of furthering the actor’s technique, and Jerzy Grotowski was one of them. Grotowski was a Polish theater director and innovator of experimental theater, the “theatre laboratory,” and “poor theatre” concepts. On August 11, 1933, Grotowski was born in Rzeszow,… View Article

Guillermo Del Toro

“I’m really a freak in every place I go. I don’t quite fit in the independent scene, I don’t quite fit in the art scene, and I don’t fit in the Hollywood scene, so I’m a weird strange fat motherfucker. I’ll tell you this: I plan to stay that way, because there is something to… View Article

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, animator, manga artist, producer, and screenwriter. Through his animation career that has spanned over fifty years, Miyazaki has been loved and highly recognized by the public with his high quality works full of imagination. People enjoy his animated films not only because his films are distinct from those… View Article

Semiotics. Film

Film genres represent classification of movies into groups that have similar and familiar themes, settings, filmic techniques, period, plot, motifs and stars. Genre is easy to recognize but it is very difficult to define. Because of a changing nature of genres and subgenres, their fusion and our changing perception toward art, independent or foreign films… View Article

Analysis of Genre, Stardom, Authorship and Gender Theory

“Apparently no strictly logical distinctions can capture the variety of factors which create the genres we have” (Nicholas and Price, 1998) This quote demonstrates the complexity of allocating a particular genre to a film, as various aspects need to be considered. Although concrete groupings such as horror, science-fiction, crime and drama exist, the majority of… View Article

Essay The perfume

Compare a book to its movie version. How are the two similar and different? Are the characters and the plot the same? Do you like the movie or the book better? Many works of literature or other genres are represented in films. Generally there are big differences because the movie version last a certain time,… View Article

Philippine Cinema: An in-depth Analysis

Values and Traits of Filipino Films Philippine Cinema has unique values and traits. Don Jose as the Father of Filipino Films labeled the Filipino films as quality content and has a commercial appeal among movie goers. Many of the films created by Don Jose Nepomuceno were received the approval of the box office and win… View Article

Mise en scene

This current semester, I am taking Introduction to Film. I decided to take the class only because it was in a convenient time slot, and not because I had any interest in taking the class. I am, however, enjoying it; for instance, we watched Quentin Tarantino’s, Reservoir Dogs — it was the first time I… View Article