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Movie Directors

Movie Directors
By Jon Zajac

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As a movie buff, I love incorporating cinema-themed icebreaker questions into my events to spark engaging conversations and build connections among guests. One fun way to do this is by using Movie Directors themed “This or That” questions, which challenge participants to choose between two directors based on their filmography, style, and influence in the industry. By asking thought-provoking questions related to directors’ work, you can create a lively atmosphere and encourage your guests to share their opinions and knowledge about cinema history and culture.

How to incorporate Movie Directors themed This or That questions

To incorporate Movie Directors themed “This or That” questions into your event, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare a list of questions beforehand that are related to the work and style of different movie directors. You can find inspiration from watching films, reading reviews, or browsing online forums and fan sites.

  2. Print out the questions on cards or display them on a screen or a poster board. Encourage your guests to form small groups of 3-5 people and take turns asking each other the questions. You can also create a rotation system where each group moves on to the next question after a set amount of time (e.g., 2-3 minutes).

  3. Make sure everyone has a chance to answer each question and listen actively to their responses. Encourage follow-up questions, comments, and discussions that build on the initial answers. You can also share your own insights and opinions about cinema history and culture to keep the conversation flowing.

  4. After everyone has had a chance to answer all the questions, gather your guests in a larger group and ask them to share their favorite or most surprising answers. You can also use this opportunity to highlight any commonalities or connections that emerged during the activity.

  5. Consider using some of the insights or stories that came up during the “This or That” icebreaker as a springboard for further conversations and activities throughout the day. For example, you could organize a film screening or trivia game based on the directors’ work, or create a photo booth with props inspired by their iconic movies.

Ideas on different themes of questions

To keep your Movie Directors-themed icebreaker questions fresh and engaging, you can explore different themes and categories that are relevant to cinema history and culture. Here are some ideas:

  • Genre: Ask questions related to the directors’ work in specific genres (e.g., “Scorsese or Tarantino for crime films?” or “Spielberg or Lucas for sci-fi movies?”).

  • Style: Ask questions about the directors’ unique visual and narrative styles (e.g., “Kubrick or Hitchcock for suspenseful storytelling?” or “Bergman or Tarkovsky for existential themes?”).

  • Influence: Ask questions that explore the impact of the directors on cinema history and culture (e.g., “Godard or Truffaut for the French New Wave?” or “Kurosawa or Ozu for Japanese cinema?”).

  • Awards: Ask questions related to the directors’ awards and recognition in the industry (e.g., “Coppola or Scorsese for Best Director Oscars?” or “Linklater or Anderson for indie cred?”).

  • Legacy: Ask questions about the directors’ enduring popularity and influence on contemporary cinema (e.g., “Nolan or del Toro for modern blockbusters?” or “Fincher or Soderbergh for auteur status?”).

By incorporating these different themes of questions into your Movie Directors-themed icebreaker activity, you can keep your guests engaged and entertained while also fostering a sense of community and shared interest in cinema history and culture. So why not give it a try and see how it can enhance your next event!

My favorite Movie Directors themed This or That questions

  1. Christopher Nolan or Quentin Tarantino?
  2. Steven Spielberg or James Cameron?
  3. The Coen Brothers or Wes Anderson?
  4. Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola?
  5. Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick?
  6. Sofia Coppola or Ava DuVernay?
  7. Patty Jenkins or Kathryn Bigelow?
  8. Greta Gerwig or Jordan Peele?
  9. Ryan Coogler or Damien Chazelle?
  10. Taika Waititi or Guillermo del Toro?
  11. Spike Lee or Spike Jonze?
  12. Bong Joon-ho or Wong Kar-wai?
  13. David Fincher or Paul Thomas Anderson?
  14. Denis Villeneuve or Alejandro González Iñárritu?
  15. Barry Jenkins or Jordan Vogt-Roberts?
  16. Doug Liman or Duncan Jones?
  17. Shane Black or John McTiernan?
  18. Joel Schumacher or Richard Donner?
  19. Robert Zemeckis or Ridley Scott?
  20. Todd Phillips or Gus Van Sant?
  21. David Cronenberg or Terry Gilliam?
  22. Mike Nichols or Peter Yates?
  23. Rob Reiner or Tim Burton?
  24. Oliver Stone or Kathryn Bigelow?
  25. John Carpenter or George Lucas?
  26. Mel Brooks or Woody Allen?
  27. John Huston or Akira Kurosawa?
  28. Billy Wilder or David Lean?
  29. Francis Lawrence or Michael Bay?
  30. Michael Mann or Ridley Scott?

About the author

Jon Zajac

Jon Zajac

Founder & Chief Icebreaker

I started Icebreaker Spot because I truly believe that strong connections are the foundation of successful teams. I wanted to create a platform that would make it easy for people to find and share icebreakers and team building activities, empowering them to build trust, foster collaboration, and ultimately, achieve greatness together.