Steven Spielberg. Quentin Tarantino. Martin Scorsese. George Lucas. Modern-day movie directors who's names are somehow stored in our memory. At the very top of their game, these directors have that rare ability to transport us into a different time and place, albeit for just a few hours. They're artists who can see something most of cannot – imaginary worlds we never knew existed.
But this post isn't to celebrate their achievements, it is to take a look back at memorable movie moments that happened behind the camera. It's seeing the worried look on the crew's face as they shoot just one more take. It's that quiet moment shared between the lead actor and director, as the director tries to convey his elaborate vision. It's seconds before the cameras roll, when the director anxiously takes his seat and watches, in excitement, as his world take shape.
For these are the moments when the magic truly happens.
“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
– Ingmar Bergman
Where the Wild Things Are
Lord of the Rings
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man 2
The Dark Knight
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
James Bond: Casino Royale
This is It
“You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don't have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you'll stop at the first giant hurdle.”
– George Lucas