Top Directors Who Inspire Me.

by rebeccakerr | created - 18 Mar 2012 | updated - 18 Mar 2012 | Public

What has brought me to film school? Why do I have this passion for Movies and Television? This is a list of the top Directors who I look up to and who has helped make film and television my passion.

It is kind of sad that there is not yet a female director on my list. Yes I like the chick flicks but movies that make me go 'WOW' are the ones that inspire me the most. I hope to be able to put a female director here one day.

1. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

Undoubtedly one of the most influential personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and certainly one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, ...

He wowed me as a child with 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', 'Jurassic Park', 'Jaws', and 'Hook'. And then moving into adulthood I began to appreciate his work even more as I found he does not stay in one genre but move around from Sci-Fi to Drama to Childrens. He has become a household name in the movie world.

2. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

In reality he ties in first place with Spielberg for me. The Terminator is my favourite Sci-Fi of all time and finding out that he had written it himself, and made it on such a small budget after being knocked for funding and only getting interest from a small company Orion. Cameron unknowingly made a cult classic. He sticks with action and his best work is that in which he write and directs himself: 'The Terminator', 'The Abyss', 'Titanic' and 'Avatar'. He know what he wants the end product to be and uses out of the box thinking and a take no crap attitude.

3. M. Night Shyamalan

Producer | Lady in the Water

Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.

He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...

I admire this man, and love all his movies. He write, directs, produces and guest stars in 7 of his 10 his films that he directed. He is the guy I want to base my works on, movies that make you think, have a twist at the end (no not like the water) and guest star in each production.

4. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

Have you noticed the theme so far? They have all done great Sci-Fi. Now this man has wowed me on multiple occasions. One movie that took my breath away: 'Black Hawk Down'. The cinematography in his films just brings such beauty to his work, and having such strong story telling to add to the visuals. 'Hannibal' is the worst of his movies that I have seen, not even being able to finish (and that is saying something).

5. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

Now I had to put dear old Jackson in here for two reasons: 1. I believe he has made the best ever adaptation from a fantasy book to a movie ever; 2. Like Cameron he has crossed boundaries in the way we do movies and even brought technology into other world uses such as medicine with motion capture and AI technology.