Ever wondered which movies left a mark in a Director’s career?

Telling stories is our way of life, it’s our chosen method of communication. Since its inception around the fire pit in cold caves to revolutionizing technology that gave birth to movies, or as old-schoolers like to call them – “films!” Movies hold a special place in our hearts. Ever wondered which movies left a mark stapling Director’s career? Let’s take a look at these 5 epic directors and their films which left a mark.

Here we go!

1. Francis Ford CoppolaApocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now movie poster
Apocalypse Now movie poster 

Oh where do I start with Sir Francis? The legendary director who brought Mario Puzo classic ‘The Godfather’ to life is a personal favourite. His work and direction style is so real that you would forget about the reality and be so engrossed with the showcase that it will inspire you to be a filmmaker; guilty as charged!

Is that, “it should be ‘The Godfather’” I hear you say? No doubt that ‘The Godfather is an excellent masterpiece but I would like to put my case forward here, hear me out. ‘Apocalypse Now’ as one would call it was a pure act of storyteller rebellion. It wasn’t backed by any major studio and was produced by Coppola himself. The script wasn’t finished and changed its ending multiple times while it was still shooting. The film was in development hell while in production for almost 2 years. And yet Coppola bagged Cannes for it. If this doesn’t define his persona and career then I dare to say that even ‘The Godfather’ can’t.

2. Christopher NolanInsomnia

Insomnia movie poster
Insomnia movie poster

What did I hear you say? Memento? Inception? The Dark Knight Trilogy? Nay, it’s Insomnia!

Nolan gave his style of dealing with morality, guilt and construction of time revolving in the realm of metaphysical and epistemological an official stamp with his first studio film. This was a perfect transition for Nolan from his independent film work to studio. Nolan was able to negotiate to have his own hand picked key crew, and went on to be a big studio name.

3. James Cameron The Terminator

The Terminator movie poster
The Terminator movie poster

If Sir Francis is the legendary director then Cameron is definitely the revolutionary one. A former truck driver who decided to call quits on his day job only to pursue a career as a filmmaker after watching Star Wars, just shows how influential George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ was.

James crafted a perfect revolutionary story in the form of what would eventually be called ‘The Terminator.’ The producers were so thirsty for this script that it gave Cameron a leverage to negotiate the terms of the deal. Cameron practically gave away the story to retain the directing rights, and viola ‘The Terminator’ hit theatres in 1984.

And this was just a start, Cameron recreated the star-line cruiser Titanic from scratch for his film of the same name and revolutionized the 3D motion capture with Avataar. O boy! O boy, if he isn’t going down in film history books.

Fun fact; James made a trip to Mariana trench, ocean’s deepest surface!

4. Quentin TarantinoPulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction movie poster
Pulp Fiction movie poster

“Say what one more time! I dare you M*therf*cker!”

Oh what graceful shit we did as humans to be blessed with the films by Quentin Tarantino? I still wonder how pale and mundane the world would have been if his dark humour filled slash worthy films with epic scenes and equally epic monologues wouldn’t be there for us. ‘Pulp Fiction’ is the classic that would never get old and this epic shit put Tarantino on the map with a standing ovation at Cannes.

I wouldn’t be able to justify ‘Pulp Fiction’ even if I tried to describe it. You have got to watch it!

5. Tim BurtonEdward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands movie poster
Edward Scissorhands movie poster

Considered as one of the best films by the critics; Edward Scissorhands is considered as a personal reflection of Tim’s childhood.

Edward’s character portrays the struggles of being unique and how efforts with the best intentions are put forward only to be scared by them, while trying to find a refuge in this unfair world. The surreal direction style which tells this metaphorical story in a bubble universe is a timeless classic.

This film is a classic example of how directors use their personal experience to narrate a worthwhile story to be told.

 

Indian Theatres and Bollywood

Indian Theatres and Bollywood

Background

India, as we all know is known for its different art and cultures. In the arts field, comes, India’s film industry, popularly known as Bollywood. Bollywood is the world’s second-largest film industry in terms of revenue and the number of production houses involved. Indian theatres and Bollywood go hand in hand which means it has become generic for the world to call Bollywood the Indian film industry.

Major production houses include:

1. Dharma Productions

Indian theatres and Bollywood

2. Yash Raj Films

Indian Theatres and Bollywood

3. Red Chillies Entertainment, etc.

Indian theatres and Bollywood

Cinema and theatre are the purest form of entertainment for the Indian demographics, which means it is one place, where the industry has put in a lot of effort and money to make the cinematic experience reach new levels which even developed countries like the USA have failed to do so.

Types of offerings

There are two types of theatres in India.

1. Single Screen Theatres; and

2. Multi-Screen Theatres (Multiplexes)

Segregation

India majorly is a price-sensitive market even for moviegoers.
Having said that, single-screen theatres are often found in regional districts and cities where the population does not explode (like in metro cities), whereas Multi-screen theatres are found in metro cities, like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, etc. because of the number of films increasing and population growth rising.

Films Showcased

Single Screen Cinema only includes Bollywood and regional films in the respective languages.
Multiplexes launch films from all over the world like China, the USA, Europe, etc. since the metro consumer behavior suggests there are many people who like to watch international films.

Prices

Prices of the tickets in India are based on the time of the show and the location of the cinema.

Location: For example, a posh area (town) of a locality will have almost 1.5x the price of a suburban area.

Time: For example, a show in the morning, called matinee show, is often at a subsidized rate than the show in the evening (It is the same concept as the 
“surge pricing”) where weekends are expensive than weekdays.

Major Players

Major players in the cinema are:

1. For Single Screen:

a. Movie Time;
b. Galaxy Theatres; and
c. Chandan Talkies.

2. For Multiplexes:

a. PVR Cinemas;
b. INOX Theatres and Entertainment Ltd;
c. Cineplex Theatres.

Business

The cinemas in India are expected to generate 2x more revenue in the upcoming year 2020 than the previous year.
There has been an increase in the funding levels and many producers find it interesting in funding short films and documentaries today.
The biggest trend observed today are filmmakers taking stories from real life-based events in the history of India.

Luxury

Multiplexes situated in metro cities have seen a trend of making it a more luxurious experience right from offering in-seat food ordering to having a full buffet all you can eat menus at select theatres where prices are 5x the general ticket.
There are theatres like INOX who even offer 270-degree screens to showcase the highest level of cinematic experience. It also includes,

1. Dolby Atmos

2. IMAX Screen

3. 4D experience cinemas.

Indian theatre and Bollywood

Indian theatres and Bollywood are like none other, and by far the best looking and feeling theatres and industry in the world in my opinion.