One aspect of brilliant films is every element that comes together, whether it’s the script, acting, music, production quality, it all gels together to provide the viewer with an incredible experience.
In a sense making a cinema is kind of like running a company, and at the helm is the director. A film director is the one with the ‘vision’, in charge of every aspect of film-making, even knowing the diet of the actors. Stanley Kubrick is one of the most brilliant filmmakers I have yet seen, a man who knows his craft, a perfectionist, a storyteller, cinematic visual genius.
His wide knowledge about films and his works are truly breathtaking, however the one thing that I will focus on is his production quality, especially lighting. Looking at the above picture from the set of ‘2001: A space odyssey’ is unlike I have ever seen anything like this before. His craft of making visual imagery, every aspect screams out to the brain of such perfection and awe; the stunning checkered floor, wide and bright creates an illusion of being in nirvana, or being lost in space, or left to the viewers imagination. Furniture is exquisitely antiquated designed, makes the viewer guess, the sharp contrast of ‘future’ to the ‘past’. The walls colored creamy light, yet the glow from the floor provides a brightness that many are not accustomed to. It keeps the viewer in awe, or makes them question, but he does it perfectly while others botch it up.
Even in other stunning films, his incredible ability to get the ‘lighting’ right to near perfection is a stroke of his mastery. Amazing contrast of the various colors, combined with the ‘rainbow’ effect is not only stunning, but is a visual illusion that compels people to get mesmerized. With our current saturated film industry, this visual illusions are a rarity, despite more hi-tech gadgets, equipment’s, powerful cameras, people are still not able to create the mastery of what Kubrick achieved half a century ago.