February 1, 2015 at 6:24AM


Inspiration for a visual style of a short

I'm studying Cinematography at a filmschool in Brussels. Pretty soon i'm gonna shoot a short movie as a DP, and i'm looking for some visual inspiration.

The film is about a man who is stuck in a broken relationship. He has a restraining order with the woman after he continued to follow her obsessive. Now a few years later he accidentally meets her again. Then he becomes obsessed and loses all scenes of reality.

Through the visual style I want to show the man's state of mind. Its loss in reality. And his obsession with his ex-girlfriend. Also important is that the main character does not see what he is doing is wrong.

My question to you is whether you have ideas how I can do this. Or movies know who do the same, or have the same issues?


...This may seem a little weird, but the film I would pick for inspiration for the story you are trying to tell is Darren Aronofsky's amazing "Requiem for a Dream" made in 2000. It's a film about drug addiction and how you life could end up in the toilet if you are not careful, but it also does a great job at illustrating obsession, which it sounds like your film is about.

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

February 17, 2015 at 5:20AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

You could take a look at A Beautiful Mind. Russell Crowe's character is schizophrenic and the cinematographer was Roger Deakins so might as well steal from the best. From what I remember, the hallucinations were styled pretty closely to reality so it might not be exactly the look you want but the storytelling techniques could be a good reference. Good luck!

November 11, 2016 at 3:25PM


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