Everything Is Directed: Guillermo del Toro
“I didn’t want a movie that was technically right, but a movie that felt passionate.” – Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is known for creating wonderfully visceral worlds for his characters to inhabit. Whether you look at early work, like The Devil’s Backbone, or more FX-heavy films, like Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth, for del Toro, it’s not the devil that’s in the details, but rather the soul of the work. In this video for his new film, Pacific Rim (which is fantastic), he talks about how working with Industrial Light & Magic, whom he considers some of the best artists in the world, was a “life altering experience.” He talks about the challenge that begins once the actors have gone home and how, when creating these elaborate digital worlds, everything is directed, from the gigantic CG actors, to color, lighting and how sparks and splashes react in the environment. Del Toro is know for his involvement on the conceptual side of his films, as well as the direction. In fact, not only did the main story idea for Pan’s Labyrinth come from del Toro, he also designed many of the film’s creatures and environments. In an interview with Moviefone, he talks about the inspiration for one of the robots in Pacific Rim. “For Gipsy Danger [the main robot in the film], the shapes of Gipsy are sort of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building fused with John Wayne; we gave him the walk of a gunslinger.” Listening to del Toro speak, and watching his movies, reminds me that the idea, and the passion for that idea, that’s the thing. As photographers, we can connect that idea of passion into vision. We can have all of the tools, gear and gadgets in the world, but without vision, those things are useless.