2001 – Interstellar, a comparison. (Spoilers)

Adventure, Christopher Nolan, Comparison, Drama, Sci-Fi, Stanley Kubrick
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Brand, now stranded on a foreign planet, is left with nothing. Almost having to reinvent to stay alive.

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Both meetings before the mission.

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Grouped men observing/conversing about the planet.

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Brand & Men are both standing above a lit up controlled environment then walk down to it.

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A simple comparison with the astronauts lined up inspecting/exploring a strange object/environment.

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Light touching the faces of our main character while they’re flying their ships.

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Astronauts lined up.

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Our spaceships with a planet in the background.

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Being in space requires interesting gravity shots. 2001 is a bit more elegant while Interstellar doesn’t waste anytime; straight to business.

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Our ships in the black of space.

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Our quite opposite robots from each film.

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The Wormholes.

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Interacting with our strange new environments at the end of each film.

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Interacting with our strange new objects at the end of each film.

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Another comparison of Brand to the Apes. This time, funnily, they even have similar environments. Trying to survive.

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Interacting with our strange objects.

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Interacting through video screens.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Wes Anderson
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Zero’s love interest. Lights go off behind her almost like fireworks.

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Gustave talking to Zero who is off screen, but he leans into range of the mirror. All the while, the subject of the conversation is dead center of the shot (the painting).

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Excellent POV. Talking to each other, but the audience gets to feel like they are part of the conversation because the actors are looking directly into the lens.

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Wes Anderson isn’t afraid of getting the subject of the shot dead center if necessary. I’ve noticed many directors/cinematographers don’t do this. He also isn’t afraid to tell his actors to look directly into the camera when the camera is meant to be a person.