If you liked that, then you might enjoy reading Scorsese’s essay on the importance of not only viewing, but preserving classic films.
Hopefully you’ve read some decent books in your day, but if you’re here, you’ve definitely seen some films, TV shows or even web series that inspired you. Do some of these also have a style you might want to draw on for your project? Watch them. If you think a certain scene or shot looks cool, try to understand what it is you actually like about it. Is it the lighting, the placement of objects or the way the camera forces you to focus on a certain detail? Then watch the works that influenced the visual look of your inspirations. Because time only moves in one direction, chances are these will be older films. And that actually might be better for your project. Back in the day, filmmakers relied on a lot fewer technical resources, so they had to consider each cut and shot composition very carefully. Think about how their shots tell stories visually in ways we overlook today.
Play games like “where is this light coming from?” “what lens is being used?” “what’s the movement in this shot?” – and always follow up with “why?” and “what’s this doing for the story?” and “what’s this doing to the audience?” You’ll find that if you dig deep enough, you’ll trace a lot of masterfully crafted compositions in film to masters in paint.
If you liked that, then you might also enjoy this one on Caravaggio – and if you really like this exercise you should go stare at a couple of Rembrandt paintings, then watch something like “Barry Lyndon” which is basically a moving painting.
Analyze [good] scenes for their focus – once you find it, ask yourself how this is being pointed to visually. Understand that cuts are movement, just as much as a dolly move or a zoom. In a world where every tool is at our disposal to create movement, ask yourself why one would choose to stay still.