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Auteur Filmmakers

Tim Burton. Known for Batman, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows.

Known as the “goth” director, Burton makes movies centered on dark fantasy folklore. His 1992 sequel of Batman was deemed too dark and “unsafe” for children which made Warner Bros. replace him with Joel Schumacher in the third installment.

His films often feature main characters that are freaks, weirdos and loners, which he carefully weaves together to develop a compelling story.

He is also big on costumes, particularly costumes from the Victorian era, regardless of the time period the movie is set in. Helping give the narrative a gothic appeal.

Burton’s visual style have successfully incorporated goth with art and made it mainstream. Gothic architectural designs, as seen in Batman and Dark Shadows, hunted castles, ghosts and vampires are part of his unique storytelling style and separates him from other directors.

Quentin Tarantino. Known for Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Django Unchained

Tarantino’s movies are heavy with extended scenes of dialogue and nonlinear narrative techniques that rival Christopher Nolan. While his movies are always meant to be entertaining, Tarantino usually employs a satirical subject matter aimed at delivering a message or criticizing an already established institution.

He uses a variety of of cinematic techniques in his films, constantly making references to popular culture and making use of ” soundtracks containing songs and score pieces from the 1960s and 1980s”.

Tarantino draws inspiration from traditional Hong Kong and Japanese films, as well as spaghetti westerns which is evident in Kill Bill. Even with his critically acclaimed achievements, he has been criticized for the excessive use of blood and the preposterous employment of violence in his films.

Also a prolific writer, Tarantino has all but created a while new genre for his movies and has gone on to inspire modern Filmmakers. We all wait for his take on star trek.

Christopher Nolan. Known for The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar

Among the most critically acclaimed Filmmakers in modern cinema, Nolan utilizes nonlinear storytelling that are deeply rooted in themes featuring human morality, its ambiguity and personal identity. He is also a big fan of practical special effects.

One of the most recurring theme is Nolan’s works is memory. Its reliability and unreliability. How it’s just an entity that ultimately shape what we regard as reality or the present. His fascination with memories are reflected in “Momento” and “Inception.
Much like Snyder’s, Nolan’s works also try to mirror philosophical concepts and create questions that do not serve any purpose other than create new questions.

The construction and manipulation of time are also amongst his themes, as noted in Inception, Interstellar and Momento. Almost all his movies at some point are rooted in the transcendence of time, teasing that it might be an illusion and at the same time not revealing the “truth”.

Nolan uses a number of writing styles such as; moving the point of view, using unreliable narrators, Flashbacks and Flashfowards and anticlimactic scenes. He has set himself aside from other Filmmakers in the modern era with his distinctive directing style, writing skills and preference for practical effects.”Dunkirk”, his most recent film is a prime example of this. It has been reported that over 80% of the movie’s effects were practical, making it another potential Masterpiece with an Oscar nomination.