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Sunday, 9 January 2011

JW - Director Influences - Wes Craven

Wes Craven (born in August 1939, in Cleveland Ohio) is one of the most well recognised and influential directors in the horror/slasher genre of film.

He has directed such classics 'Scream 1,2 and 3 (1996, 1997 and 2000)', 'A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)', 'The Hills Have Eyes Parts I and II (in 1977 and 1985 respectively)', 'Red Eye' (2005) and his dĂ©but film as a director, 'The Last House On The Left (1972).
After watching 'The Directors' which focuses on Wes Craven's life, his best films and how he goes about it, I decided that he is a very influential director to me, and his films would help me greatly in our coursework production. One of Wes Craven's trade marks is an establishing shot of a white house (Scream for example), we intend to use a similar establishing shot in our production. Craven is also known for using a lot of violence (especially for the time some of his movies were made). Although our availability to create and use 'violence' (fake blood, etc.) this is yet another aspect of Craven's films that we could use in our own.

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