October 1, 2017
They may not look like much on paper, but the shot lists of Nicolas Winding Refn turn into spectacularly colorful, extremely gorgeous imagery.
When it comes to style, director Nicolas Winding Refn is in a league of his own. His films demonstrate an extreme moodiness, blinding fluorescent color, and biting contrast, something that, interestingly enough, is not only one of his most beloved trademarks, but is also a result of his colorblindness.
Refn is clearly an auteur with more vision than you can shake a stick at, but to really understand his visual sensibilities it might help to break them down, determine what his cinematic choices are, and put them to paper in a shot list. As part of their ongoing video series “Mastering Shot Lists,” StudioBinder has done just that in the video below: