April 1, 2018
Filmmakers are not only storytellers but world builders.
There is a reason why a map of Middle Earth exists, and it’s not just because fans of The Lord of the Rings love merch. It’s because author J.R.R. Tolkien (and later, director Peter Jackson) managed to create a world that felt so real that its topography could be mapped. (In fact, it was many times by Tolkien himself.) This is what’s known as “worldbuilding,” the process of creating, or building, an entire narrative world, and it’s a crucial skill for filmmakers to have in their arsenal.
Sareesh Sudhakaran of wolfcrow suggests that nobody builds worlds quite like Guillermo del Toro and in this video essay, he not only explores the worlds del Toro has spent his entire career building but explores the techniques he used to build them in hopes that you can employ them your own work as well. Check it out below: