6 Filmmaking Tips From Darren Aronofsky

1. The Body is a Medium: “Wrestling some consider the lowest art—if they would even call it art—and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves.”

2. Let the story dictate the form: “Early on, I was very observant of film’s rules. Now I realize that audiences don’t care about that. They just want stories…My whole thing is that the story dictates the visual style, as opposed to Alejandro Jodorowsky or Wes Anderson, where their strong style is part of every story they tell.”

3. The real moment exists between action and cut: “The closest I get to the unconscious is between ‘Action!’ and ‘Cut!’ When the actor is in the Michael Jordan zone, dunking high above the rim in super-high resolution, I become aware of what the camera is shooting without seeing my screen—I’m in the movie, feeling what the audience will feel. And then, after ‘Cut!,’ the reality of limited time and money floods back, and I think, Fuck, can I get another hit before I’ve got to leave?”

4. Bring the story to the audience’s doorstep

5. Do it again

6. Some Ideas are Simply Incompatible with Hollywood: “Toss out everything everything you can imagine about Batman! Everything! We’re starting completely anew.”

 

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