I began studying film in grade 11 (to get out of studying theatre). I knew nothing about film and hadn’t studied anything like it before. After a few weeks in the class, i was obsessed. I loved how even the smallest detail was planned. I loved how you could watch a few minutes of a scene and write an entire essay on its meaning. During my studies i developed a passion for directing. I really enjoyed watching a concept come to life and the process of filming. My focus in high school was mainly on colour and how directors use it to contribute to their films.
Crimson Peak is Guillermo Del Toro’s most recent project. Towards the end of the film, there’s a fight scene between ‘Lady Lucille Sharpe’ (Jessica Chastain) and ‘Edith Cushing’ (Mia Wasikowska). Edith is running through the snow, her pale skin, white hair and nightgown are covered in blood, she’s holding a large bloody knife and the red clay her husbands house was built on is coming through the snow.
These images are an example of the beautiful cinematography in his films. Crimson Peak has a very typical Guillermo Del Toro storyline. The film is filled with murder, ghosts, violence, sexual desire and incest. All of these themes lead to the downfall of the characters. The juxtaposition between the cinematography and the themes is what makes the film so intriguing and made me realise ‘Yeah, these are the kind of films i want to make.’