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« Reply #30 on: July 22, 2003, 11:50:29 AM »
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oh yeah, yeah. I don't mean "ripping off" in a negative connotation. I just use that term interchangeably with "influenced by". I try to rip off whatever I think is cool, and would work for the project I'm doing.

I think the point I'm trying to make was that when I personally write a scene that I would call Coen-influenced, I usually think of some sort of unusual situation that is threatening and funny all at once, that involves two or more goofy characters talking in stylized motor-mouth. That, to me, in the most forefront Coen influence on others.
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« Reply #31 on: July 22, 2003, 11:57:15 AM »
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Agreed. I also ripp a lot of stuff from other work and I personally think - at least while I'm an amateur filmmaker - that it's even cooler when you really show people you're ripping stuff. Like for instance, I once wrote a scene that would be a lot Wes Anderson influenced, so what did I do? In the previous scene I put two characters talking and in the background there was a TV with "Rushmore" playing. I love that stuff  :P

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I think the point I'm trying to make was that when I personally write a scene that I would call Coen-influenced, I usually think of some sort of unusual situation that is threatening and funny all at once, that involves two or more goofy characters talking in stylized motor-mouth. That, to me, in the most forefront Coen influence on others.


Exactly. And I think that the "low budget" and high sucess of the Coens may be one of the bigger not influences, but inspiration to other filmamakers to get their stuff going. It was back when Blood Simple premiered and it was again 10 years latter, when Pulp Fiction came out
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« Reply #32 on: July 22, 2003, 07:59:54 PM »
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Okay. I'm happy. That was my goal. We got the Coens past 300 posts. :)
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« Reply #33 on: July 22, 2003, 08:06:42 PM »
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seeeeee....... just need to avoyd all those confusions you guys create in here which, although somewhat funny at times to read, they overshadow some of the post here. and this one is pretty interesting in my poit of view. so what are your thoughts about the whole Coen situation, mutinyco?
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« Reply #34 on: July 22, 2003, 11:06:25 PM »
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see i knew this thread would be okay!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #35 on: July 23, 2003, 02:09:05 PM »
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I think their influence is pretty wide spread. I think they were well ahead of their time with their late-'80s/early-'90s output. I think they laid the groundwork for a lot of what we're seeing now. A lot of what we're seeing is a fusion of indie filmmaking and video directors. It's offbeat storytelling with tight visuals. Prior to that it seemed like indie movies were decidedly low-fi, but had great ideas -- while video directors made great looking movies that were vacant. Everybody from Wes Anderson to David Fincher owes them gratitude.

You know when filmmakers are influencing others because their core unit is being hired by other people. Although Roger Deakins was a successful DP prior to working with the Coens, it was with them that he really made his reputation. Their films have been as visually diverse as were Woody Allen's and Gordon Willis' 2 decades ago. Deakins has been hired by everybody from Martin Scorsese to Ed Zwick now. Likewise, composer Carter Burwell started with the Coens and an obvious admirer named Spike Jonze began using him. And Mary Zophres was hired by Spielberg to do the costumes for Catch Me if You Can based on her work with them.
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« Reply #36 on: July 25, 2003, 08:30:26 PM »
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Their tongue-in-cheek style has kinda become prevalent in the nineties.

Maybe. :( I don't know.
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« Reply #37 on: July 26, 2003, 03:41:28 PM »
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I think they've become the most influential directors of TV commercials. Think about it -- a lot of commercial directors are up and coming filmmakers and they're playing off their influences.
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« Reply #38 on: July 31, 2003, 03:43:10 AM »
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Who have they influenced?


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