Movies That Changed Everything: There Will Be Blood

September 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

Movies That Changed Everything: There Will Be Blood

I’m an aspiring filmmaker.  Like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way.  This series will examine twelve of the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever.  Films that have greatly influenced the filmmaker I hope to become someday…

There Will Be Blood

Daniel Day Lewis Daniel Plainview There Will Be Blood

Character is king.

If you can create a character strong enough to carry a film practically alone you are a gifted and talented storyteller.

This is what I strive to be.

It’s easy to set your goals high when you have movies like There Will Be Blood to turn to for inspiration.  Paul Thomas Anderson created an incredible screenplay based on (what I’m assuming is) an equally incredible novel.

There Will Be Blood feeds my constant need to feel inspired. To be excited about telling stories.

It’s addictive.

Daniel Plainview is a fascinating character and thanks to Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance, he will surely go down as one of the best characters in film history.  However, the story doesn’t rely only on it’s main character.  The entire world is unique and interesting.  I love the quiet pacing of the film and the way it portrays the oil industry.  Everything about this movie is inspiring in subtle but profound ways.

I truly feel like an amazing group of artists got together and created something legendary with this film.

The perfect storm.

Daniel Day Lewis Daniel Plainview There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson

Yet it’s the character that I keep coming back to.Watching Mr. Plainview descend deeper and deeper into darkness is an unreal journey to witness.  Every single time I see it, it makes me want to sit down and create something new and original.  It makes me want to be a better writer.

It makes me want to really put the work in and develop a complex character.This is no easy task.  Still, continually putting in the effort is inspiring enough.  Just the thought of creating someone like Daniel Plainview keeps me going.  It keeps me typing.  It keeps my imagination running wild.  The possibilities are endless.

It’s easy to say There Will Be Blood changed the way I looked at movies.  This brilliant film literally changed the way I think about film and my entire approach to writing interesting characters.

Effort.  Creativity.  Fun.

These are the elements that keep me glued to the screen.

Blank pages beware.