May 26, 2018
How do you illustrate the emotional drama that goes on in the human mind? Just as Darren Aronofsky.
As one of the most cerebral filmmakers of our time, Darren Aronofsky explores the deepest and darkest corners of the human experience, from the agony of drug addiction to the terror of mental illness. He has lent his incredible writing abilities to films like Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, and Mother! to put these difficult issues center stage, but his ability to masterfully construct controversial narratives isn’t the only thing that makes his storytelling so brilliant. In this video essay from StudioBinder, learn how Aronofsky uses abstract visuals to communicate complex ideas and imbue his viewers with, at least a sense of, the intense emotions that they’re witnessing on screen.
The video examines several very important cinematic techniques that Aronofsky uses in his work, all of which serve to inform the viewer not only of how the characters on screen are feeling or thinking but also how the viewers themselves should be feeling or thinking. Let’s take a look at a couple of them: