Saturday, July 24, 2010
Directors' Still Authors?
Are film auteurs still worth it. This week, directors like Robert Rodriguez were approached by studios to move forward on sequels to their previous production efforts. Sin City 2 or Predators 2 may be coming to theatres soon. Equally, filmmakers like Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) and Matt Reeves (Clover field) have been tagged to consider so many future properties. So the question is does a director make a movie or does the responsibility of a successful project remain in the hands of the writer? or the actors? It is obviously the whole package that makes any film as good or as a bad as it can be. However, I stand by the auteur theory of filmmaking, that a directors project is his project, and it is the "author" of the screenwriters translation to the screen. The director's eye and passionate edge is what makes our subconscious so interested in what we are watching. The same script directed by 3 or 4 different people could and would completely change the way we understand the performances and dialogue of the actors. Therefore I say yes, directors are worth it. The personal experiences of that individual who manages the productions creative aspects is what we learn through his or her tone and color.