An Auteur is a director who's work is different and unique compared to
other directors. Its is something that is easily recognisable and uses an
elements of film like cinematography and Mise en scene in non
conventional ways across their body of work.
We will now look at Boyles work and see if he can be justified as an
DEFINITION OF AN AUTUER
BOYLES BODY OF WORK
This is a fan made video showing his body of work and what
genres Boyle works across.
In this scene from the film Trainspotting there is a clear use of Mise en scene
and sound that could justify Danny Boyle as an auteur.
MISE EN SCENE
The same style of Mise en scene is used in another Danny Boyle film,
MISE EN SCENE
Danny Boyle uses sound
uniquely in this scene
with the use of diegetic
and non diegetic
We are going to look at Requiem to a dream, a
film with similar themes and narrative. It is
generic, dark and drug orientated drama, but
Mise en scene and sound are not used as uniquely.
REQUIEM FOR A A DREAM
Danny Boyle seems to use the same cinematography techniques throughout
many of his films, i.e. he uses hand held style camera work whenever his
characters are in harsh or dangerous situations. A good example of his use of
this would be in 127 hours.
He also uses likes to use a set colour wash throughout his films. In 127 hours,
he uses a warm, but bleached colour wash to help bring out how baron and
hot the setting is. Also, in the film Trance, he uses a very blue and grainy
colourwash in the majority of the scenes.
Although he uses a blue colour wash for the male characters in trance, we find
that he has the female character in very clean, white colour washes.
In Trance, Danny Boyle seems to use hard light on the faces of his
In 127 hours, Boyle gives us a great example of the use of contrapuntal and
ambient sound, the song clearly contrasts with the situation.
We also get some good ambient sound in Trance.
The sound tracks used in Trance are different to 127 hours. These are more
fast, energetic and sneaky.
I chose Cast Away as the best film to compare to 127 hours. They’re both
survival films and show a character isolated from civilisation and company.
COMPARISON TO CAST AWAY