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|A film director controls a film’s artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay (or script) while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design and all the creative aspects of filmmaking. Under European Union law, the director is viewed as the author of the film.|
The film director gives direction to the cast and crew and creates an overall vision through which a film eventually becomes realized or noticed. Directors need to be able to mediate differences in creative visions and stay within the budget.
There are many pathways to becoming a film director. Some film directors started as screenwriters, cinematographers, producers, film editors or actors. Other film directors have attended a film school. Directors use different approaches. Some outline a general plotline and let the actors improvise dialogue, while others control every aspect and demand that the actors and crew follow instructions precisely. Some directors also write their own screenplays or collaborate on screenplays with long-standing writing partners. Some directors edit or appear in their films or compose the music score for their films
|Everyone has a favourited director, some have only a few, others like me have a list of many – starting this week this mini-series is looking at the Top 20 Film Directors of all Time – but it’ll not be specifically me choosing the order – but you. Below are 20 that l believe to be top in their game for both now and yesterday – you might agree with my suggestions and or you may not – therefore l invite you to vote for the Directors below or suggest Directors that you personally favour. Let’s us see if we can create a cracking Top List that everyone is happy with.|
Next in the series – Ridley Scott*
Fan of Work – Gary of Bereaved Single Dad
Season 1/ Season 2
|Tim Burton*||Sofia Coppola|
|Francis Ford Coppola||Martin Scorsese|
|Niki Caro||Patty Jenkins|
|Alfred Hitchcock||Clint Eastwood*|
|Ron Howard||Kathryn Bigelow|
|Ava DuVernay||Stanley Kubrick|
|Peter Jackson||James Cameron|
|Danny Boyle||Julie Taymor|
|Steven Spielberg||David Fincher|
|Danny Boyle||Ridley Scott*|
|Coen’s Brothers||Christopher Nolan|
|Hayao Miyazaki||Mel Brooks|
|Sir Ridley Scott (born 30 November 1937) is an English film director and producer. He has directed the science fiction horror film Alien (1979), the neo-noir dystopian film Blade Runner (1982), the road adventure film Thelma & Louise (1991), the historical drama film Gladiator (2000), the war film Black Hawk Down (2001), and the science fiction film The Martian (2015).|
Scott began his career as a television designer and director before moving into advertising, where he honed his filmmaking skills by making inventive mini-films for television commercials. His work is known for its atmospheric and highly concentrated visual style. Though his films range widely in setting and period, they frequently showcase memorable imagery of urban environments, spanning 2nd-century Rome (Gladiator), 12th-century Jerusalem (Kingdom of Heaven), Medieval England (Robin Hood), contemporary Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), or the futuristic cityscapes of Blade Runner and distant planets in Alien, Alien: Covenant, Prometheus, and The Martian. Several of his films are also known for their strong female characters.
Scott has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Directing, which he received for Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. Gladiator won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and he received a nomination in that category for the 2015 film The Martian. In 1995 both Scott and his brother Tony received a BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. In 2003 he was knighted for services to the British film industry. In a 2004 BBC poll, Scott was ranked 10 on the list of most influential people in British culture.
|Like Gary, l am also a huge fan of the works by Ridley Scott and l have seen most of the films he has directed, not all, but most. I saw Alien 1979 first and was so captivated by the film that l researched everything about it and soon came to learn of Ridley very quickly indeed as a director. A few months later l watched The Duellists 1977 which was a fantastic film also. The only films of his l haven’t seen to date are … The Counsellor 2013 and All The Money in the World 2017. There are not many of his works l don’t like, but l can’t show them all – so below are 12 of my personal favourites of his.|
How about you, fan or not?
|The Duellists 1977|
Armand d’Hubert (Keith Carradine) and Gabriel Féraud (Harvey Keitel) are French soldiers under Napoleon. A trivial quarrel between d’Hubert and Féraud escalates into a lifelong grudge, and, as war rages on, the officers repeatedly challenge one another to violent sword and pistol duels. After 15 years, both men have distinguished themselves through their service and become generals, however, their mutual hatred never ceases, even when the initial cause of their rivalry is forgotten.
The crew of a spacecraft, Nostromo, intercept a distress signal from a planet and set out to investigate it. However, to their horror, they are attacked by an alien which later invades their ship.
|Blade Runner 1982|
Rick Deckard, an ex-policeman, becomes a special agent with a mission to exterminate a group of violent androids. As he starts getting deeper into his mission, he questions his own identity.
|Thelma & Louise 1991|
Docile housewife Thelma accompanies her pal Louise, an independent waitress, on a brief fishing trip. However, Louise kills a man who endeavours to rape Thelma at a bar. The two flee to Mexico.
Commodus takes over power and demotes Maximus, one of the preferred generals of his father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius. As a result, Maximus is relegated to fighting till death as a gladiator.
Dr Hannibal Lecter, who was arrested for cannibalism, now lives at an unknown location under a new identity. One of the victims, Mason Verger, makes an elaborate plan to find him and avenge himself.
|Black Hawk Down 2001|
Captain Mike Steele leads a team of nearly 100 US Army Rangers who travel to the capital city of Mogadishu to catch the top two lieutenants of a Somali warlord.
|Kingdom of Heaven 2005|
In the twelfth century, blacksmith Balian travels to Jerusalem, a city seething with religious wars. He transforms into a defending warrior who saves the city and its people.
|American Gangster 2007|
Frank Lucas takes control of his boss Ellsworth Johnson’s business after he dies of a heart attack. Soon, Lucas expands his control to various businesses while secretly running a drug cartel.
After a clue to mankind’s origins is discovered, explorers are sent to the darkest corner of the universe. Their different expectations take a toll on them when they find something unimaginable.
|Exodus: Gods And Kings 2014|
After learning of his true lineage, Moses, a former general, rises against Pharaoh Ramesses II to help the Hebrews escape from Egypt. He faces several challenges and is strongly opposed by Ramesses.
|The Martian 2015|
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.
|So there we go folks – Ridley Scott|
Fan or not?
If so, what were/are your personal favourites?