Share via Email Flicky-leaks Quentin Tarantino, whose completed script for Django Unchained ended up in the hands of the bloggers. Not so Quentin Tarantinowho completed his screenplay for upcoming movie Django Unchained on 26 April and earlier this week woke to discover half the blogosphere had already read it.
But Tarantino is cultivating a new reputation. In meeting with Tarantino I decided to set aside his image making and focus my inquiry on his writing, the heart of his power as a filmmaker.
More than any other writer of his generation, Tarantino has created a distinct dark universe where he unfolds his stories. Although dogged by questions of his borrowing from other films and filmmakers, there is no denying that Tarantino has crafted a unique reality that audiences want to spend time in.
It is a testament to the strength of his vision that it has prospered over four films: Only in Natural Born Killers did the vision of Oliver Stone, another strong writer-director, obscure that of Tarantino. And there is no lack of that everyday speech in Jackie Brown. Only a few scenes get a taste of the stylized, pop-culture prose Tarantino is known for.
This may be a stretch for Tarantino, but we miss his electrified dialogue and powerful voice. Tarantino is a man who holds his filmmaking craft very close to his vest. Well, when I was a kid and I first started reading his novels I got really caught up in his characters and the way they talked.
As I started reading more and more of his novels it kind of gave me permission to go my way with characters talking around things as opposed to talking about them.
He showed me that characters can go off on tangents and those tangents are just as valid as anything else. Like the way real people talk.
I think his biggest influence on any of my things was True Romance. How did you approach crafting that scene? The way I write is really like putting one foot in front of the other.
I really let the characters do most of the work, they start talking and they just lead the way.
I had heard that whole speech about the Sicilians a long time ago, from a black guy living in my house. One day I was talking with a friend who was Sicilian and I just started telling that speech.
They just started talking and I jotted it down. One of the reasons I like to write with pen and paper is it helps that process, for me anyway.
When I describe things in my writing I never use writing adjectives. I always use acting adjectives.
Can you think of an example where your perspective at a certain moment really changed the way you approached something? I was in Amsterdam for the very first time in my life when I was writing that script and it was kind of blowing my mind.
Do you think the Hollywood environment is constraining to writers as far as their perspective? In real life there are no bad guys. Everybody just has their own perspective.
I do have sympathy for the devil. You know, they have a different fucking perspective. Did other adaptations suggest anything for your own approach? I actually read his script and thought he did a really good job with it. But there was still something lost in the translation.T.J.
Barnard of WhatCulture recently shared ten screenwriting lessons any writer can learn from Django Unchained (the script).Django offers a number of positive examples of what to do, but also does a few things wrong, and T.J. expertly identifies those problems.
5 Screenwriting Lessons from Quentin Tarantino - Screenwriting Tips from the Master Work of Quentin Tarantino. Film Slate is a resource for tips on screenwriting and the appreciation of film and television storytelling.
Film Slate is your resource for the art and appreciation of cinematic storytelling. QUENTIN TARANTINO: Well, when I was a kid and I first started reading his novels I got really caught up in his characters and the way they talked.
As I started reading more and more of his novels it kind of gave me permission to go my way with characters talking around things as opposed to talking about them. Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin For most screenwriters, the time-gap between completing a script and having it judged by your audience can be sizable.
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