September 29, 2016 at 9:34AM


Darren Aronofsky’s MasterClass: Breaking Down His Directing Style & Technique

Renowned for his somewhat odd movies, Darren Aronofsky is a Brooklyn born film director, screenwriter, film producer and an environmentalist. Being exposed to the Broadway theatre performances at an early age by his parents sparked in him a deep interest for the showbiz and film industry.

Darren Aronofsky trained as a field biologist with The School for Field Studies in his youth in 1985 in Kenya, and then in Alaska in 1986. According to him, being so close to nature has changed his perception of the world and at the same time connected him to the environmental issues for life.

Darren says the environmental studies taught him the way of scientific method from hypothesis leading to conclusion which had an impact on his work. In 1987, he got enrolled in Harvard University to study live action and animation, he studied directing and received his M.F.A from the American Film Institute in 1994. His classmate included Todd Field, Scott Silver and he also won the institute’s Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

It was during his time in Harvard when he took a serious approach towards film making. He met Dan Schrecker and Sean Gullette who later on starred in Darren’s first film Pi.

Watch his masterclass here: