Today is the birthday of the one and only Quentin Tarantino. Regarded as the one of the greatest film makers of our generation, Tarantino’s humble beginnings in film making, and his subsequent successes, have served as an inspiration to independent film makers around the world.
In addition to creating films himself, Tarantino acts as a supportng element for independent studio releases by helping distribute them through his “Quentin Tarantino Presents” and “Rolling Thunder Pictures” production companies, which garnered large audiences for foreign and independent films like The Protector, Hostel, Hero, Sonatine, Detroit 9000, among others.
Since most readers are quite familiar with Tarantino’s background, I’ll instead include some insights the director has on film making:
1. Known for his brilliant ability to write convincing dialogue, Tarantino divulges that his attention to detail and character creation is the culprit behind his storytelling. “When I go and write my new characters, my pen is like an antenna, it gets that information, and all of a sudden these characters come out more or less fully formed. I don’t write their dialogue, I get them talking to each other.”
2. To help write scenes, Tarantino turns to music, throwing on a track and using the music to help create an atmosphere and storyline. “I’m a big collector of vinyl - I have a record room in my house - and I’ve always had a huge soundtrack album collection. So what I do, as I’m writing a movie, is go through all those songs, trying to find good songs for fights, or good pieces of music to layer into the film.”
3. The reason the directors films have so much violence, is because he wants to show the world for what it is. To those critical of his use of blood and gore, he has mentioned: “So the bottom line is, my No. 1 responsibility is not to society at large; it’s to my characters. And to be true to them. If you had to stop and think what some idiot might do after seeing the movie, you’d never do anything.”
4. Integrity is everything. Creating quality over quantity films is his top priority. ” I’m all about my filmography, and if you’re all about your filmography, then you’re also all about a grade-point average, and one bad movie lessens three good ones.”
5. Many have heard Tarantino’s famous quote “I didn’t go to film school, I went to films”, but few know about his avid love for reading literature. “I was reading all the time. Most of my reading was genre fiction, a lot of paperbacks, anything that had a good story. Open it up, read a couple pages, if it grabs you — boom — take it home.”