Painters have brushes. Writers have pens. Directors have lenses.
Like these other implements, there’s more than a practical application to the lens, it is a way of creating for a director, a way of seeing his or her story. The difference between lenses is more than just their fields – the amount of information a certain setting can gather – it is the feeling each can create, the emotions they can individually conjure, and the effect this has on the narrative and overall atmosphere of a film.
Therefore, certain directors have certain lenses that they prefer, certain tones that carry throughout their careers. In the latest video from Sareesh Sudhakaran at wolfcrow, the lenses and focal lengths preferred by 19 of your favorite filmmakers, including Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers, Alfred Hitchcock, David Fincher, Francis Ford Coppola and other such heavy hitters are revealed Along the way, Sudhakaran provides technical analysis of what each lens can do, as well as relating their narrative effects. It’s a fascinating look at a side of filmic storytelling most casual filmgoers never consider.