Do you ever wonder where filmmakers get their inspiration from or what they study to get ideas?
They don’t just watch movies over and over but they get exposed to many other forms of art. Just as art imitates life, art also imitates art. We get references and steal from other arts to share with our team and work on the same style and get inspired.
The very famous Pablo Picasso said: “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal” and also Quentin Tarantino said: “I steal from every single movie ever made. I steal from everything. Great artists steal, they don’t do homages.”
Inspiration or stealing could come from any form of art and that includes paintings. Famous directors and filmmakers get inspired by famous paintings. Directors like Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Guillermo del Toro got references directly from the art world to create some of their masterpieces. And reference videos to that Art Meets Art I, II and III showing scenes from films where at least one frame was a clear reference to a painting.
It’s always interesting learning about where our favorite filmmakers take their inspiration from, They get inspired by the painting’s compositions, framing and colors; like in Michael Mann’s dead-ringer recreation of Alex Colville’s “Pacific” in Heat
Also for the characters like in “The Pale Man”, biting the head off a fairy in Pan’s Labyrinth is an homage to Francisco Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Son.”
Reference for the location as well, like in Hopper’s painting “The House by the Railroad” inspired not one, but two famous cinematic abodes: the Bates house in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”
and the farmhouse in Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven”.
Also references for the wardrobe like in Django’s blue suit in “Django Unchained” was inspired by Thomas Gainsborough’s “The Blue Boy.”
And in “Shirley: Visions of Reality” (2013), Gustav Deutsch | New York Movie (1939), Edward Hopper 13 paintings created the film. (The Trailer Video)
Recreating paintings and bringing them to life through film (the most advanced form of art) makes them live across generations and eras, live within our souls and we carry them with us to our work so that it could live forever. So always be open to new sources of inspiration!