Looking for Inspiration?
If you're a filmmaker, you probably spend a lot of time studying the work of those who have come before you, analyzing their themes, marveling at their careful use of framing and composition, and observing what makes their visual styles unique. Besides this, you probably just love to watch movies, or you'd probably be doing something else with your time.
The internet has made it easier and easier to track down films that, in the past, you might have had to spend hours combing libraries to find. One site that makes this even easier is Open Culture.
Open Culture is a site that collects links to educational and cultural materials in various fields. There's a lot of great stuff on the site, but of special interest to us is their links to movies. They have links to a lot of older, public domain films, (Check out Fritz Lang's M) as well as other films that have been made free online. There are a lot of short works by directors such as David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, Wes Anderson, Christopher Nolan, Guillermo del Toro, Quentin Tarantino, and others, many of which were made as these filmmakers were just discovering their styles.
There's also a decent collection of documentaries, as well as other genre specific films, and it's all free.
Here's a link to all the films.
Here's the site's Home Page.