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#1 Jesse Cairnie

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 07:58 PM

I am interested to find out who most inspires your personal style, or who you find yourself being asked to draw from the most?
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#2 John Thomas

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:33 PM

In one job interview, a producer referred to J.M.W. Turner who I couldn't remember being a famous British landscape painter. I didn't get the job I'm sure because of this. Most recently for me, Directors and Producers have been referring to films and images from pop culture.

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#3 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:45 PM

In one job interview, a producer referred to J.M.W. Turner who I couldn't remember being a famous British landscape painter. I didn't get the job I'm sure because of this. Most recently for me, Directors and Producers have been referring to films and images from pop culture.

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Does it bother anyone else how much some directors and producers (and even D.P.s when I was gaffing) speak almost exclusively in reference to other works?
It's one thing for somebody to be inspired by somebody but it's crazy when people say 'look at this scene in "J.F.K." (playing on DVD at base camp) and "light it
just like that" and who also think "paying homage" means "okay to rip off entirely".

This post is a good question so to add something positive, I can say that I'm always thinking of Norman Rockwell pictures because of how they tell stories.
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#4 David Sweetman

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 09:09 PM

I'm very drawn to the compositional chaos in Peter Paul Rubens' work.

I'm also fascinated by Kandinsky, both his art and his philosophy; i.e. "Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."

Japanese art as well, I saw an exhibit at the LACMA a while back that blew me away...

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#5 Mike Williamson

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 09:31 PM

One of my professors used to say that it was alright to steal anything you wanted to, partly because it would never turn out the same as the original and it would always be interpreted through you. It's a liberating thought when you think about it.

My favorite painter for inspiration is Caravaggio, this is a painting titled "Narcissus" that I was looking at recently.

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#6 Jesse Cairnie

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 10:21 PM

forgive me if my post wasn't clear.. I'm refering to paintng in specific.. "stealing" is different from inspiriation.. A direct copy to sereve no other purpose but to look like is stealing.. Inspiration is something that you see and gravitate towards.. Something that inspires your voice to come out.. There are peopele who make their career out of "stealing".. But that persons work is not inspiring.. To be inspired by say Degas.. A personal favorite.. Molds both my view of the world and his..

This is my question.. Whose work inspires you to create.. Whose work do you find inspires other people to create..

Because as we all now.. Photography is 150 years old.. Painting is much much older..
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#7 Tim Brown

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 11:00 PM

John Singer Sargent, an esteemed portrait painter from the early twentieth century, with a knack for atmospheric settings brought to life by his compelling compositions and masterful brushstrokes. Sargent has always been one of my favorites, unfortunately I've yet to have an opportunity to create a look based on his work.

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#8 Greg Traw

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 11:08 PM

The most obvious would be the Dutch, Caravaggio, Goya, etc... very cinematic painters because of their use of light. But also Edward Hopper is one of my personal favorites. Maybe the Mexican muralists for the sense of composition and depth. So many, so many...
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#9 Paul Bruening

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 12:14 PM

Lately, I've been fascinated by frame composition in its simpler forms.

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#10 Rod Otaviano

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 12:29 PM

... Edward Hopper is one of my personal favorites.


I'm also a great admirer of his paintings. Very inspiring. David Lynch is also a fan of his.
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#11 Paul Bruening

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 12:38 PM

Who doesn't love Nighthawks?

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#12 Rod Otaviano

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 12:49 PM

Who doesn't love Nighthawks?

And how about New York Movie:

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There's a scene in "Inland Empire" by the end of the movie that was clearly inspired by this painting. They are very very similar.
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#13 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 01:37 PM

For me, Rembrandt. Whenever I get to the Getty, I get lost in his room.

I also draw inspiration and tangible "advice" from his paintings which comes in handy doing what I do. It's nothing for a feature DP to line up a shot when he has the full support of several departments at his beckon call.

But I am always thrown into "make this work" situations that are usually less than ideal. I'm usually in the position of having to light an interview subject and "create" something out of a nothing background. At that point, I opt for what I call "EPK Noir" wherein, as the philosophy goes, if it looks like crap, then don't show it. So I "enhance" what is available to me and let everything else drop into black. Rembrandt comes into play because he typically has some element that is "blown out" while other aspects of his frames dropped into utter darkness. That's usually my goal whenever I shoot whether the background is relevant or not. In an interview situation, it is the "talent" who needs to stand out and be highlighted, but the background must also do the dual role of "speaking to" the topic while also not overpowering the focus of the shot (the talent).

Rembrandt was a master at that with his paintings and I attempt to emulate the philosophy whenever I shoot.
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#14 Alex Plank

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 03:06 PM

Katie Miller:

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Her lighting is amazing..

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#15 Mitch Lusas

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 04:57 PM

John Singer Sargent, an esteemed portrait painter from the early twentieth century, with a knack for atmospheric settings brought to life by his compelling compositions and masterful brushstrokes. Sargent has always been one of my favorites, unfortunately I've yet to have an opportunity to create a look based on his work.

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Sargent's paintings are amazing. But this one above does not seem possible without SFX or green screen. The shadows on the musicians to the left seem to indicate that the emanating light source is directly on the floor in front of them. While I love this look, I think it would be hard to get. Any thoughts on the subject?

Sorry, I didn't mean to hijack. A huge modern inspiration for me is Pino Daeni. I love his pastel color palette and wonderful use of highlights and texture. Though I normally love deep shadows, his work does not seem to focus on this. When I first started as a DP I actually worked on something that allowed me to work in a similar style, but I hadn't really discovered his work at that time, so it was more of a hindsight wish that I had experienced his work before then. Enjoy some of my favorites.

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#16 Jaime Toruno

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:17 PM

:o the one and only Mr. BOB ROSS from pbs... :D that dude was great... RIP
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#17 Valerio Sacchetto

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:49 PM

Oh i do so love this thread! We can't know all the painters or photographers in the world so this is a good place to come and see something that may be new and inspiring!

Personally I always take a look at Vermeer's paintings especially when it comes to realism and soft light.
Recently i got interested in beksinski and his strong contrasty fantasy works. Maybe a good reference for art directors too.
Friedrich is another artist that is always in the back of my head. His paintings are always more than the mere reproduction of reality, with areas that are dark but full of details and strong lights that are confined in a precise place. Often his subjects are seen from behind and silhouetted.
John William Waterhouse is another painter that i found interesting lately.
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#18 John Holland

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:54 PM

It can only be Vermeer for me .
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#19 Dan Goulder

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:22 PM

As a filmmaker, I'd have to say that my most inspirational painter would be the guy that just painted my house. He worked with a small crew, came in on time and under budget, stayed true to the script, and there were no problems on the set.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:29 PM

Thats a good reply :rolleyes:
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