Directors instill their vision bringing to life pages from scripts, ideas, amalgamating thespians and talents with breath taking locations, costumes and assets into one fine display of showmanship into the big screen!
For decades, it has transcended from silent black and white films to modern day’s technological aspects. Yet even within these configurations of the deux ex-machina, these professionals have time and again given, provided their instinctive guidance in bringing into fruition not just detailed imageries to astound audiences but to let them feel the excitement of another time, another love or loss, another hope for the hero to rise and conquer the hearts and minds of the movie public!
We present Summit10’s TOP TEN Best Directors!
10. Chan Park-Wook
Notable Works: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Oldboy and Thirst
The critically acclaimed Korean Director gives his films the pure meaning of violence but with charisma and purpose! Very disturbing scenes which culminate from a twisted premise that involves rectification of past misdeeds and making the main protagonists suffer an inevitable fate of death or a life of misery. What makes me fascinated in his works is that it gives a “human” inclined justice for our corrupt society not contradicting my beliefs on eternal salvation but to let the way of life just take its intended course!
9. Gut Ritchie
Notable Works: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, RocknRolla and Sherlock Holmes
The Director from England gives his homeland more recognition for the international market. His films gave emphasis on intersecting plotlines which culminate to involvement of a payoff while squeezing humor in violent scenes and exchanging of banter between characters. Plenty of action and smart storytelling which only adds more interest in the narratives in between!
8. John and Ethan Coen
Notable Works: Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, True Grit and Burn After Reading
The brothers’ collaborations focused heavily on mundane living of main characters having to go through with extraordinary circumstances which leads to tragedy or worse a horrible death. The elder of the two is John who worked on earlier films while Ethan jumped on board acting as co-Director or Producer in 2004 onwards. I admire their tenacity in bringing drama and foreboding situations for the audience to really feel what’s going on in the outside world where violence in unpredictable and the people who does it can’t be compromised!
7. Christopher Nolan
Notable Works: Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and Interstellar
Some films you watch just to enjoy, be entertained, moved or compelled to be fascinated and this guy knocks it all out at the ball park! Chris even gives life to films and makes it mind numbing to the core. He injects nonlinear sequences that add vertigo to the psychological aspect of the story. Thought provoking and very precise to capture your imagination and some more…
6. Clint Eastwood
Notable Works: Bridges of Madison County, Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, Changeling and Gran Torino
One of industry’s adulated actor and director, starting his career in the 1950’s, he progressed to better heights at the back of the camera from 1990’s. His works contemplate heavily on life’s experiences, grieving over a loss, over past mistakes which make it very emotional and heartfelt! He manages to keep his budget in line with very few takes and instill a low lighting on set to give it a noir feel. Always character driven especially to the male point of view but he never misses out on women who play pivotal roles to add, mentorship to younger juvenile protagonists are credited as well. I admire his work for its ability to let you think not “over obsessively” but just to let you realize enough what transpired in the story and learn from it.
5. Fernando Meirelles
Notable Works: Domesticas, City of God, The Constant Gardener and Blindness
A very selected few will stand up for marketing and commercialism. His works culminate social awareness that inspired the world to see even if it was made from a low budget. His principles are admired seeing that he can create films for the public without sacrificing value and be controlled by the Producers and Studios who provides the contracts. The passion he brings into the screen is well intended serving his ability to work from the ground up, meticulously made and serves its purpose for everyone to see.
4. Steven Soderbergh
Notable Works: Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven, Solaris, Che and The Informant
One of his notable achievements was being nominated for Best Director after 6 decades in the same year in 2001. A multi-tasker, he even does the Photography for his films with another alias that compliments very well in the output. Loves working with celebrities and knowing how to take care of them is his talent while incorporates a selection of montage and putting in the right amount of dialogue and musical score which gives more intensity or upbeat moments for the project to give a lasting impression with the audience.
3. Martin Scorcese
Notable Works: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island
After almost taking the path of priesthood in 1956, he instead decided to put his gifts into film making! A man who has passion for the Big Apple, his works usually in centre stage within these areas. Coming from experience, he gives a clear sense of religion laid out in his stories while contrasting it with surreal violence depicted from his trademark of characters being sociopaths, womanizers, drug addiction which originates from a real bad childhood. He usually starts his films with a narrative from the main character and tells the tale of failure and downfall from society. Well known for his mastery in giving sequences and takes of dollying camera shots as needed. I got to give this man credit for being straightforward that life is not a “carnival” flowing with happiness, its derivative and ironic that we must understand this for it’s a fact of human life!
2. Steven Spielberg
Notable Works: E.T, Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park and Raider’s of the Lost Ark
The man who gave birth to blockbusters in the early 80’s, known for his sci-fi and adventure films which make him attached with family audiences and yet, his themes do have some parent and child relationship concerns which permeate to a more character driven premise that people can relate to. My fascination with his works especially on aliens had greatly manifested when I watched E.T. on the big screen, it gave meaning to a genuine friendship even if it came from beyond the stars, an unforgettable experience indeed!
1. Ridley Scott
Notable Works: Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, G.I. Jane, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster, Kingdom of Heaven, Body of Lies, Robin Hood and Prometheus
The English Director helmed some the finest in film’s history especially in the context of epics! Often regarded being harsh and with dictative demeanor from both casts and crew. He’s a perfectionist and draws upon several takes while setting up several cameras in different angles to keep his editing in line for the best results. He even honors his father’s military career which depicts to some of his films His artistry combines self made illustrations of given sequences on the spot while choosing locations with great city and landscapes to capture the moment of filming which makes it so palpable and awe inspiring. I can easily relate to his works with character performances amalgamated with a story that really touches your senses!