Immersion and mood
A great article on how Philippe Le Sourd uses colour, film format, lighting, performance to create mood in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.
I particularly like this bit on finding inspiration:
For the look and mood of The Beguiled, Le Sourd studied tintype collodion portraits from the 1800s, the photography of Edward Steichen (with emphasis on the use of grays, blacks, and shadows), and even Italian painter Caravaggio’s use of darkness and light. Seeking out inspiration is always vital to help formulate your vision, by utilizing the examples of those who have already succeeded at realizing theirs.