If recommendations are still open, I'd say anything by the late Satoshi Kon. One might gain most from the writing. I also read he was one of Darren Aronofsky's influences(i.e. Most notable with Perfect Blue, with some aspects visible in Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan).
i am bored so i will list the films that convinced me all i want with me life is to be able to make movies. (in no particular order) : the royal tennenbaums, a bout de souffle, the virgin suicides,le fabuleux destin d'amélie poulain and manhattan. these were also the five films i watched in marathon succession that gave me the courage to leave my old (safe) program and apply to film school.
A great documentary on film making is "Easy Rider Documentary: Shaking the Cage". Seven part documentary about the very turbulent making of "Easy Rider". You can find in on Youtube or on one of the anniversary DVDs.
i dont know if anyone has mentioned this, but i really think Bladerunner and some of Riddley (or however you spell his name) scots other movies are talked about a lot by the film majors on my campus, so thats my suggestion!!
If you're still taking recommendations, I'd recommend Electroma and The American Astronaut (forewarning both are REALLY hard to find on DVD, and I'm pretty sure non-existent on BluRay but I could be wrong).
PLEASE tell me you've seen "Sullivan's Travels" (my professor swears it's strictly a film geek's movie). I watched it for my Comedy and Grotesque film class and my professor's statement should sound accurate.
Are we still recommending movies? Trainspotting. Black Swan. The Fall. Midnight Cowboy. Videodrome. Clerks. Every Wes Anderson film. Every Darren Aronofsky film. Every Christopher Nolan film. Every David Fincher film. Etc etc.
American Beauty is a FANTASTIC film, especially in regard to the script. The character development in itself is something I aspire to as a screenwriter. Each character has so many layers that are peeled back and revealed through each of their actions, it's simply amazing. Couple that with a story that could easily have been written as your typical "guy going through a mid-life crisis" but instead is compelling and filled with complexities and you have a nearly perfect film. It's fantastic.
I'm currently a Film Studies/Telecommunications double major (UGA doesn't have a legitimate film school. History, theory, and dramatic writing are through Film Studies; all of the technical work is through Telecommunications). If my main focus is screenwriting, should I drop Telecommunications altogether? Side note: I'm also an out of state student and tuition is bending me over the table
Shiiiiiiiiiiiiit. Out of state tuition sucks. Believe you me, I’m currently bent over the table as well and I go to school 40 minutes away from my house.
For what it’s worth, I would say no unless you’re not enjoying it. It’s nice to learn the technical elements. Even the screenwriters here have to do a filmmaking class. It’s always good to have a well-rounded education.
It’s entirely up to you though. If you think telecommunications is a waste of time, then get out of there and do other things that you like because it will not be worth the tuition if you don’t wholeheartedly love what you’re doing in school.
What makes American Beauty a good movie? Nothing against you at all. I just don't find the film live up to its fame and awards. I want to hear other people's opinions on it.
Basis: it’s a great script. Also, it ran very much like a play but was a film. The end caught me by surprise. I was fascinated by the plot and seemed to understand each character individually without hating any of them. It moved quickly without being too fast. And all the while, on a more superficial level despite its stylistic elements, I found it entertaining.
And I memorized the dinner scene. I got that down.
Do any film schools offer internships with movie studios, if so which ones?
Not really. Internships (over here anyway) are brought up all the time through the school’s job board where filmmakers offer up positions on the site. Some are at studios; some aren’t. There’s never a direct link between schools and studios. It’s just like applying for a part time where it could be available or it couldn’t be.
I honestly think that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a film that all budding film-makers should see. It was made almost completely with practical effects, which is something I find very inspiring, especially in terms of the sense of authenticity it has.
Along with those other films, I'd tip my hat in for Nightmare on Elm Street (1, 2, and 3 mostly), and The Thing (1982 and 1951). These provide examples of both practical effects, and psychological elements in a horror film.
6. Double Idemnity 7. The Searchers 8. The Cabinet of Doctor Calligari 9. Metropolis 10. A Fistful of Dollars 11. Bonnie and Clyde 12. Thelma and Louise 13. Mildred Pierce 14. Die Hard 15. Singing in the Rain
Thank you for putting Lawrence as number 1. ... i can't tell you how much that means to me. and yeah it really is the pinnacle of classical "normal" filmmaking, so it DAMN WELL OUGHT to be priority one if you're gonna be learning about things beyond that.
For the anon who asked what aspiring filmmakers should watch: EVERYTHING. Pick a genre and watch the best and worst in them. Find a favorite director and watch all their films. Find your favorite director's favorite director and watch THEIR films. Classic films are not the only great films out there. A filmmaker needs to be open minded and view everything because inspiration comes from everything you view.
To that person who wanted to know about Screenwriting. I went to a high school where there were no film classes at all. I did my own thing- wrote a ton and filmed my own projects. It doesn't make a difference. Everyone is in the same boat as you are when you're a freshman. Writing is kind of about experience - how well you can tell a story and how well you can project that in a certain style (screenwriting). A good book to read on it is 'Your Screenplay Sucks'. Pick it up. Really helpful. My fav