How do you define what a successful director is? Is it the amount of awards they have? Arguably one of the most praised commercial directors of the last decade, Christopher Nolan, has not a single Oscar, Golden Globe or Bafta attached to his name. What about gross revenue? Well, Michael Bay’s films have netted a lump sum of $2,143,487,601 and yet he is the most criticised commercial director of recent times.
I think it comes down to auteurship; this is a director’s creative voice is distinct enough to shine through studio interference and the collective process. If you can go into the cinema blind, in the sense of not knowing what the film is about and who the director is, yet still work out who is behind the film from the interpretation of visual components, then I think that defines a successful director.
Vimeo user, Steven Benedict, has put together this wonderfully well-crafted video essay on one of the greatest auteurs of our time: Steven Spielberg.
This is a short analysis of Steven Spielberg’s films. It shows how Spielberg presents his recurring themes. It is part of a series of video-essays I am uploading for education purposes and is protected under the Fair Use copyright laws of the United States.