December 22, 2014

The Style of 5 Famous Directors Has Been Perfectly Replicated Using Only Stock Footage

Shutterstock Famous Directors - Terrence Malick
Several high-profile directors have built successful careers in the film industry around their singularly unique visual styles.

One crafty stock media company managed to beautifully recreate a few of those styles using nothing but their own stock footage and music. The results are fantastic and extremely fun to watch.

Shutterstock, one of the internet's largest sources of stock media of all types, recently put together the above video as a tribute to the distinct and lovable visual styles of Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, Alfonso Cuarón, and best of all, Terrence Malick, whose segment even features a wonderfully Malick-esque voiceover contemplating how humans fit into the natural landscape.

Of course, the video is really just an advertisement for Shutterstock, but it serves as nice reminder that developing a unique and engaging visual style is one of the most important things that we can do as filmmakers to differentiate ourselves from the pack. Hell, maybe some of us will be successful enough one day to be parodied by a stock footage company. Probably not, but a dude can dream.     

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A lot of them were spot on...except for Alfonso Cuaron's; those cuts were way too short for Alfonso's style.

December 22, 2014 at 10:35AM, Edited December 22, 10:35AM

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And it was less Cuaron-style, and more Gravity-style.

December 22, 2014 at 11:20AM

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David S.
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Yeah, that one works if you think Cuarón's style is "space".

December 22, 2014 at 11:40AM

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Noah Diamond
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I think the close up of the hand going over the field of wheat is the most mimic'd shot in the history of bad, amateur camera tests. Except I thought it was most famously done in Gladiator wasn't it? Whoever did it first, please... no more!

December 22, 2014 at 10:37AM

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Gene Sung
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Yeah, I thought of Gladiator when I saw it.

December 22, 2014 at 11:19AM

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Is it really surprising that Tarantino's style would be able to be replicated through other people's footage?

December 22, 2014 at 11:46AM, Edited December 22, 11:46AM

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Noah Diamond
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i dont think they captured his style at all.

December 22, 2014 at 6:22PM

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Johan Salberg
Actor, Writer, Director, Editor
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Ich...I gotta call bush-league on this one. The first and third Wes Anderson shots are brutal, with the fish-eye distortion on (1) and then the digital pullback on (3), plus the slider shot from a wall to a wall. Is that a reveal?

December 22, 2014 at 11:56AM

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I'm not impressed. It looks like someone took the most memorable shots from a few movies and pawned them off as filmmaker's "style".

December 22, 2014 at 12:13PM, Edited December 22, 12:13PM

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Joshua Gohlke
Director / Editor / Colorist
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Woah, that is amazing. I didn't know the other directors, but I am happy to have noticed Fincher right away!

December 22, 2014 at 2:56PM

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Lucas Zanella
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It's a little clever viral ad for sure :)

December 24, 2014 at 7:12AM

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