Quentin Tarantino is not just an iconic independent filmmaker but a true inspiration to whoever passionate towards filmmaking wants to make a movie. From ‘Reservoir Dogs’ to ‘Pulp Fiction’, from ‘Kill Bill’ franchise to ‘Django Unchained’, he has set the bar high for people in the movie business.
His films are characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, an aestheticization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue. With ensemble casts consisting of established and lesser-known performers, references to popular culture, soundtracks primarily containing songs and score pieces from the 1960s to the 1980s, and features of neo-noir film.
Here are some of his statements which are filmmaking lessons in themselves-
1. When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.’
2. I just grew up watching a lot of movies. I’m attracted to this genre and that genre, this type of story, and that type of story. As I watch movies I make some version of it in my head that isn’t quite what I’m seeing – taking the things I like and mixing them with stuff I’ve never seen before.
3. When I’m doing a movie, I’m not doing anything else. It’s all about the movie. I don’t have a wife. I don’t have a kid. Nothing can get in my way… I’ve made a choice, so far, to go on this road alone. Because this is my time. This is my time to make movies.
4. I don’t believe in elitism. I don’t think the audience is this dumb person lower than me. I am the audience.
5. I actually think one of my strengths is my storytelling. Everything I learned as an actor, I have basically applied to writing.
6. Whatever’s going on with me at the time of writing is going to find its way into the piece. If that doesn’t happen, then what the hell am I doing? So if I’m writing ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ and I’m in love with a girl and we break up, that’s going to find its way into the piece.
7. A writer should have this little voice inside of you saying, Tell the truth. Reveal a few secrets here.
8. When I’m writing something, I try not to get analytical about it as I’m doing it, as I’m writing it. When I’m writing a script, one of the first things I do is find the music I’m going to play for the opening sequence.
9. 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.
10. When I make a film, I am hoping to reinvent the genre a little bit. I just do it my way. I make my own little Quentin versions of them… I consider myself a student of cinema. It’s almost like I am going for my professorship in cinema, and the day I die is the day I graduate. It is a lifelong study.
11. If there is something magic about the collaborations I have with actors it’s because I put the character first.
12. There is such a thing as my kind of actor, and how well they pull off my dialogue is a very, very important part of it.
13. Movies are not about the weekend that they’re released, and in the grand scheme of things, that’s probably the most unimportant time of a film’s life.
14. It’s very important that every movie I do makes money because I want the people that had the faith in me to get their money back.
15. Movies are my religion and God is my patron. I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I don’t make movies to pay for my pool. When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it.
This article has been contributed by Six Sigma Films, a Major Film Production House. It is also one of the top aggregators & distributors of Short Films, Documentaries, Independent Films Online.