Top Gun and Rear Window. Yeah, those are two of the more influential films in my life in terms of where my inspiration for imagery and color theory began, and they couldn’t be more opposite could they? Of course, my horizons have expanded but looking back, I can see how these films influenced my early shots, and to some degree, the current ones.
Rear Window, of course, has to be one of the most gorgeous and artistically indulgent films, with its beautiful use of focal lighting, use of color, masterclass of framing, and subtle suggestion for setting a scene, influencing major blockbusters since its release. Oh, the many times have I walked by some apartment complex and looked in a dark window half expecting to see the faint glow of a cigar’s burning end as the smoker inhales, somewhat insidiously.