A Videographer's Favorite Movies

A Videographer’s Favorite Movies



I thought I’d do something a little bit different this week because of the holidays (when I recorded this), and talk about some of my favorite movies and how they have influenced me as a filmmaker. I mean, who doesn’t like talking about movies, right?
These are all films that have influenced me profoundly, and I try to discuss what can be learned from them and applied to commercial videography.
In alphabetical order:
1. In The Mood For Love
This may be unfamiliar to a lot of you, but In The Mood For Love is an amazing movie everyone needs to see. Directed by Wong Kar-Wai, this Hong Kong film is a beautiful mixture of color and atmosphere. Wong and his cinematographer Christopher Doyle were famous for experimenting and improvising shots at the last minute, and I try to retain this same creative approach to my own work. I’m always looking for some unexpected shot, because I know if it doesn’t work out, I’ll always have more footage to fall back on, but when it does work, you can create something special.
2. Rear Window
Perhaps not Hitchcock’s most celebrated movie, but definitely my favorite. Rear Window is told from the perspective of a wheelchair-bound Jimmy Stewart, and was shot entirely on a single set. It’s a good reminder of how restrictions can turn into inspirations, especially when thinking about the obstacles faced on many commercial shoots, such as fast time frames, busy locations, non-professional actors, limited budgets, and more.

3. Star Wars
I couldn’t very well leave Star Wars off my list. This is probably my favorite movie of all time, and it’s amazing what George Lucas accomplished at such a young age. It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how much money you have, if you are determined enough, you can accomplish anything.

4. Unforgiven
I’d go so far as to say this is a perfect movie. Everything about it, the script, the acting, the cinematography, the themes, is outstanding. The lesson is that when you decide to invest in a company video, you need to be very clear about what your goals are, and then focus all of your attention on supporting that direction.

5. The Wizard Of Oz
Don’t forget that movies are supposed to be fun. The Wizard of Oz is one of the greatest examples of the ability of a film to transport you to another world. That’s what you want to do with your company video. If you’re video is not going to be special, then why bother investing in it? Figure out what sets your company apart from your competition, and then go about making a video that conveys that to your audience.

I’m a Portland-area videographer and drone operator with extensive experience in the commercial space. I have a deep love of film and storytelling, and my goal is to create eye-catching content at an affordable price that will help your company better connect with its potential customers.
Feel free to reach out to me with questions or queries at doc@pdxvideographer.com. And please check out my channel for more of my work.