Darren Aronofsky Essay

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Aside from Darren Aronofsky’s ability to visually tell breathtaking stories, it is his formalistic style of filmmaking that has earned him his recognition in the film industry. Born on February 12, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, Darren was a self described "Brooklyn Hip-Hop kid." His upbringing was marked by his Jewish heritage. Darren would paint graffiti art on subway cars and film going in Times Square. He had a lot of inspiration around him that led him to have a passion for film and all types of art. He had said himself that one of his biggest inspirations for becoming a director was Spike Lee’s film She’s Gotta Have It because of the relation between the New Yorkers in the film and his ...view middle of the document...

That when the big turn of his main self-destruction trademark truly showed. His stories show the formalistic way of narration in a film with the showing on unrealistic scenarios and scenes that jump straight into the mind of the self-destructive characters. In his 2006 film, The Fountain, Aronofsky shows three characters that are all the same person in different times that are struggling with accepting death. He shows all of this by actually showing a possible way out of death. the classical editing in this film and in the rest of his other films really tell his stories in the way that he would want one to see it.
Aronofsky also has certain people to work with for his films so that he has his idea put right onto the screen. He has been known to cast Sean Gullette in more than one of his films, and also like to works with composer Clint Mansell for his dramatic scores that can trigger the emotion wanted to be triggered by the film. Clint Mansell has composed the scores for Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, Black Swan, and The Wrestler, which were all directed by Aronofsky. Aronofsky has his own trademark techniques besides from the certain type of stories that he tells. Each trademark is used to directly show how the character views their falling world. One technique that he uses is having long over-the-shoulder shots so that the audience knows what the character is going through day by day. Another direct way that he shows a point-of-view from the character is by using a Snorricam, which is a camera mounted on to the actor and once ready the actor can go through the motions and the have the audience become the character for the duration of the shot. Another observation made is that he tends to use dolly ins , or outs, in many shots in his films which may be used for him to emphasize the realization of a character, or the sudden vulnerability. Other techniques include, fading to white, having off-screen noises, and the use of strings, or electronic beats in his films. The fading to white has been told to emphasize the ending of a part of the story, or the ending period. this technique is seen in the very last shot of Black Swan in which the main character dies and , therefore, ends the story. The use of electronic music is to have the scenes feel more upbeat and have that rush of adrenaline. In Requiem for a Dream, many of the tracks have some type of electronic, or techno, sounding beats that add to the idea of a drug-induced dream. He also likes to use sounds that are not seen on screen. In Black Swan, sound design was important to be able to have the audience realize that there was some type of psychological disorder going on inside the main character’s mind. Aronofsky’s films have all been a success. He has not yet won an Oscar, but has been nominated for Best Achievement in directing for his 1998 film, Pi. He won the category of Best Director for Black Swan at the Independent Spirit Awards, Austin Films Critics Awards, and at the...

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