Every once in awhile, I fall into a creative rut and rather than just waiting for inspiration to magically appear, you have to be be proactive about it! Watching movies is a great source of inspiration for creators – whether you’re looking for visual artistry, a brilliant color palette, technique, and/or captivating storyline. The following are a few films that I’ve found myself watching from time to time whenever I need to get my creative juices flowing!
This is a movie that has stuck with me for for years, especially since it was introduced to me by my first Design professor at University following my decision to switch to a creative career path. This is untraditional French Romantic Comedy follows a shy girl named Amelie on a secret quest to do good by those around her while finding her own happiness. Overall, it’s a charmingly nostalgic film with a complementary color palette (it seriously looks like the entire film was made through one filter) and quirky characters.
Wes Anderson Films
I would pretty much recommend anything by Wes Anderson because of his crazy attention to detail, saturated color palettes, carefully curated soundtrack, hand crafted typography, whimsical outfits, and use of symmetry across all his films. All of these characteristics make his films instantly recognizable and sets him apart from the rest. A few of my favorites of his are Moonrise Kingdom (two pre-adolescents who feel like outcasts fall in love and run away together), Grand Budapest Hotel (a thrilling recount between a legendary concierge and his lobby boy), and The Royal Tenenbaums (a complex family is brought together as the father’s dying wish).
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The film centers around Joel, a man who undergoes a procedure to erase the memories of his ex-girlfriend (played by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet). Throughout the entire film, the use of color and lighting contribute heavily to the narrative going on in Joel’s mind vs reality.
This is an incredibly unique film by Spike Jonze that is set in the future and is essentially a love story about modern intimacy. It follows Theodore, a heartbroken man who forms a strong bond with Samantha, a new advanced operating system. I think what sets this apart from the rest is the fact that it’s not like your typical dystopian film. The stunning aesthetics, warm color scheme, and serene soundtrack were all captivating.
The Great Gatsby
If you’re anything like me, this is probably one of the few required readings that you actually did in high school. This 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel follows a young man named Nick Carraway, who visits his cousin in Long Island for the summer. During his stay, he gets swept into the bizarre world of his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby who throws extravagant parties every weekend. Seriously, the detail that went into creating the lavish Art Deco inspired set design just blew me away! Even if you’re not a Leo fan (UH… WHY AREN’T YOU?!), I would watch it for this fact alone.
What films do you watch for design inspiration? Share them below!
xo, Donna Belle