When Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month, it was met with wildly positive reception, and now, you can add another name to its list of fans: Edgar Wright, the director of films like Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The filmmaker attended the London premiere then shared his thoughts on Twitter:
Just in case you don't know the term, "blocking" refers to the staging of elements within a scene, the act of planning where the camera is heading to be in relation to the camera, and how the action moves within the frame. Spielberg's mastery of it is one of the reasons why he's considered to be one of the best filmmakers alive right now.
Need visual proof? Here's a video essay that highlights Spielberg's cinematic technique:
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery, and danger..
Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a novel by Ernie Cline, the film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Ben Mendelsohn, and Hannah John-Kamen.