Last night I went to the Arclight cinema in Hollywood and watched Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. It was a sumptuous masterpiece, easily one of the best films I have seen in a long time.
It felt like watching, a vintage film, like something from old Hollywood, an ode to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”. If it showed me anything, it showed me that storytelling is the most crucial part of the filmmaking process. Everything we do should be focussed and directed on the “story.”
It is so easy to try and put your own stamp on the story but the essence of great filmmaking is letting the story put its own stamp on you. What I mean by this is our creative choices need to germinate and stem from the effects the story (script) has on us as we read it.