Darren Aronofsky

Why Your Film Isn’t Getting into Festivals & Tips From a Guerrilla Filmmaking Legend [PODCAST]

By Liz Nord

This episode of Indie Film Weekly answers one of directors’ most plaguing questions.

Jon Fusco and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss why the Emmys are actually worth noticing this year and what we should make of all the hubbub around Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, mother!. We also share wrap-ups from the Toronto and Camden International Film Festivals, including the movie made with 10,000 hours of surveillance footage. In Ask No Film School, we answer the perennial question of why your film isn’t getting into festivals. As always, the show also brings news you can use about new gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, industry wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

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From:: No Film School

7 Reasons Why “Black Swan” Is Darren Aronofsky’s Best Movie

By David Zou

“It’s beautiful, actually…”

– Nina

Darren Aronofsky was raised culturally Jewish and he is familiar with Jewish history and religion. He is an environmentalist and he studied social anthropology. He started his career with “Pi”, a film that is more of a study in madness than a work that contemplates scientific subjects, although it deals with metaphysical and religious matters.

Starting his career with this tone, Aronofsky defined his style and artistic preoccupations from the very beginning. “The Wrestler” may be his “weakest” film up to date and, since it is a great film, this says much of Aronofsky’s talents and virtues as a director.

The aforementioned movie is, in a way, a twin brother of “Black Swan” since Aronofsky moves away from metaphysical subjects and cultural critique (“Requiem for a Dream”) to a thorough character study.

“Black Swan” shows Aronofsky’s versatility in the fullest force since he makes art about producing art; his focus moved into an entirely different realm. With his “Noah”, a criminally underrated feature which deserves much higher acclaim, he returned to the metaphysical and anthropological.

Since he is one of the greatest younger directors working in the United States today, it is hard to defend a position that states that one of his films is his “greatest”. Nevertheless, in this article, arguments will be presented why “Black Swan”, a film that was nominated for four Oscars and won one, is Aronofsky’s greatest achievement up to date.

1. Natalie Portman’s outstanding performance

Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman won an Oscar for the lead role in “Black Swan” and the crowd cheering at the end of the film may very well be cheering for her performance in the movie. She undertook intense training in ballet for the part, and her devotion in portraying an insecure but also tortured character → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Everything We Know About Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ Right Now

By Sophia Harvey

Finally, we can talk about mother!

After months of secrecy—and some intriguing marketing campaigns—we’re finally learning more about Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, mother! The movie made its North American premiere at Toronto Film Festival this past weekend, surrounded by much buzz and confusion. And the following press conference did little to clarify. The running adage seems to be: it’s just an experience you have to have for yourself.

Well, since the rest of us can’t see mother! until its theatrical release September 15th, here’s as much as we could learn from the TIFF conference with Aronofsky, the film’s star Jennifer Lawrence, and its two producers Ari Handel and Scott Franklin. The panel was moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn. Below are the key takeaways we could glean about mother! from the reticent filmmaker and his accomplices. You can view the entire press conference here.

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From:: No Film School

Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ Gives Birth to This Crazy New ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Trailer

By Christopher Boone

We’re trapped in a hellish circle of horror influences.

Even before the unveiling of mother! at the Venice Film Festival, the influence of Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby on Darren Aronofsky’s latest film was apparent simply from the poster design. It certainly helps when Paramount owns the distribution rights to both films. With little to no details released about the film until just a few weeks ago, the Rosemary’s Baby-influenced poster led pundits and fans alike to wonder if mother! may even be a remake of Polanski’s horror classic. After the Venice screening last week followed by a screening at TIFF yesterday, reviews quickly alluded to influence of Polanski’s film on Aronofsky’s project (or did they just follow the marketing bread crumbs?).

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From:: No Film School

TIFF 2017: Here Are the Cameras Used To Shoot 40 of This Year’s Best Films

By Chris O’Falt The world’s best DPs explain how they created looks for Guillermo del Toro’s “Shape of Water,” Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” and many more. → continue…

From:: Indie WIRE Filmmaker Toolkit

Watch: Discover How Darren Aronofsky Expresses Obsession Through Sound

By Max Winter

You can look away, but the sound of obsession will still bore into your brain.

What do we mean when we call a film “sensual”? Or “tactile”? Or “lush”? Or “rich”? Or “intense”? Normally, words like those are code for visual power: for deep, dramatic colors; for luxurious long shots; for blinding whites or suffocating darkness.

And yet what about the sound? We tend to notice when a soundtrack works or doesn’t work, but the ambient sound and its manipulations aren’t always called into account when we talk about a film’s merits. Daniel Crowley’s new video essay does just that, examining how Darren Aronofsky’s use of sound in films such as Pi and Black Swan makes a substantial difference in viewer experience—perhaps all the difference? Aronofsky, in fact, is exemplary in exploding background noises into metaphors, in ratcheting up the tension in a story by simply building on… what’s there.

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From:: No Film School