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Apparent visual stamp/trademark from a director

I don't know how to describe this but I've thought. Story elements aside. What's a visual trademark or stamp of a director that's noticeable that it's a film from that specific director?

Ex: If Toshiro Mifune and Takeshi Shimura are in a film together..it's a good chance it's a Kurosawa film. (out of curiosity did they make any films together without AK at the helm?)

Or...say...Tony Scott's modern visual style of an in camera effect. You know what I mean.

Christopher Nolan's use of a certain shade of orange and blue specifically from BB to Inception.

Do you guys get what I mean?
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John Woo: slow motion, doves, Mexican stand-off, firing two handguns at the same time
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Quentin Tarantino: the trunk shot, present in all of his movies.

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Kubrick - the character "stare"
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Robert Rodriguez: Danny Trejo w/ blades

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Spike Lee: Camera remains fixed on person standing still while background moves away, giving image that character is "floating" down the street, etc.
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I'm not sure how to describe it, but David Fincher's films have a certain look. Part of it is the colors being somewhat desaturated.
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Leone: Close-ups of characters' eyes during showdowns, sweeping track shots
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Re: Apparent visual stamp/trademark from a director

Originally Posted by Heat
Quentin Tarantino: the trunk shot, present in all of his movies.

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I'll add in Brian De Palma's long tracking shots, often used as a POV shot
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Re: Apparent visual stamp/trademark from a director

Originally Posted by Drexl
I'm not sure how to describe it, but David Fincher's films have a certain look. Part of it is the colors being somewhat desaturated.
You're talking about the color pallate he's used since Panic Room onward. You're right about that.
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Re: Apparent visual stamp/trademark from a director

Originally Posted by MrSmearkase

I'll add in Brian De Palma's long tracking shots, often used as a POV shot
To DePalma, I'd add his use of split-screen shots to cover multiple angles of action during key scenes.
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Originally Posted by KillerCannibal
To DePalma, I'd add his use of split-screen shots to cover multiple angles of action during key scenes.
and multiple focus shots like the foreground and background are both in focus.
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Robert Altman: Overlapping dialogue
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Originally Posted by Vipper II
Kubrick - the character "stare"
I believe he's also always had an important scene that took place in a bathroom.
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Re: Apparent visual stamp/trademark from a director

Originally Posted by KillerCannibal
To DePalma, I'd add his use of split-screen shots to cover multiple angles of action during key scenes.
Damn, that's a much better example!
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Ozu - chacters speaking to each other are shown facing the camera instead of in over-the-shoulder shots.
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Hitchcock: self-cameo

Russ Meyer: busty women
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Another Early-DePalma stamp: Killer with sunglasses.

Fellini-Dance sequence
Peckinpah-Slo Mo death
Argento-Hands doing the killing (They're usually his)
Kitano-Are we in a flashback or not?
Demme-Big closeups of the character talking right at you (Courtesy of his trusted DP, Tak Fujimoto)
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Sam Raimi and his twisty Ram-Cam thing.

What would Scorsese's be? Quick, extremely deliberate cuts?
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Michael Mann does that thing where he angles the camera at the sides of peoples faces with a soft focus. It usually has a heavy tint, depending on the mood of the scene.

Its a beautiful little trademark. It's in all his films from Manhunter to Public Enemies.
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Originally Posted by Heat
Quentin Tarantino: the trunk shot, present in all of his movies.

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Tarantino didn't direct From Dusk 'Til Dawn *sniff* [/film nerd]
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Cameron - use of blue tint
Spielberg - shooting star in a lot of his earlier work
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John Carpenter (circa '76-'88) - a group or individual is confined to a specific location with limited resources and claustrophobia begins to set in
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Tim Burton always seems to have something black and white striped his movies. Beetlejuice snake, etc.
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Re: Apparent visual stamp/trademark from a director

Wong Kar-wai and slow-motion cigarette smoke.

Originally Posted by MartinBlank
Tarantino didn't direct From Dusk 'Til Dawn *sniff* [/film nerd]
True, but he did pen the screenplay, and he probably purposefully wrote the scene in that fashion.

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