1. direction absolutely at the top. A good director can make a good film out of anything, whereas a mediocre director can turn the most interesting subject matter into mediocrity.
2. Probably cinematography. The CinemaScape of a film is pretty important to me whatever technique or style is employed.
3. The soundscape. While I enjoy some silent films, and silent passages in films, the soundscape which includes music as well as ambient sound is very important in most movies I like.
4. Probably editing, which determines so much about a film and how we experience it.
5. Not short selling script, especially as my own background is in writing, but it is nothing more than an initial blueprint of the “story” to me, and all of the other factors above determine more about how much I will like the film, and often function as a revisionary process, though some writer / directors Tend to follow their scripts to a T.
6. They are all important, just as performances can be (a good one can carry a film, and a bad one can ruin it, and the same is true for any of the elements listed above). A good film can be driven by any of them (though there is usually some kind of combination), even exclude some altogether, and how good a film is usually comes down to the participants involved, beginning with the director.
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