Tarantino the Director
In the role of the director, Quentin Tarantino achieved a certain kind of boldness that is both astonishing and unconventional at the same time. He made up for his severe lack of text-book knowledge by observing the methods of his long list of favourite filmmakers.
The Trunk Shot
This signature shot, even though not invented by Tarantino, was perfected by him. This infamous shot, now closely attributed to the director finds itself in several instances through Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Kill Bill.
Passenger-side Window Shot
Tarantino frequently places the camera at an angle through the passenger-side window of a car. This shot occurs with the characters Nice-Guy Eddie, Pink, Orange and White in Reservoir Dogs, Vincent and Jules in Pulp Fiction, Ordell and Louis in Jackie Brown and The Bride inside the Pussy Wagon in Kill Bill.
Dead Body POV
Most Tarantino films feature a shot from the point-of-view of a dead body with several characters around the body speaking either directly to the body or among themselves. The shot from Ordell’s point-of-view after he is shot in Jackie Brown and the members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad talking around The Bride’s comatose body in Kill Bill are two such situations where this shot was effectively used.
Tarantino uses the phenomena of long takes like none other. The incredible long take in Jackie Brown towards the end in the mall, follows the lead character from one point in the mall to another and for some reason absolutely hypnotises the viewer in its immaculate camera work, leaving one wondering how such a take was achieved. The same applies to the follow-shot of The Bride entering the club preceding the climatic scene in Kill Bill volume 1. Yet another example would be the camera following Mr. White and Mr. Pink back and forth between the two rooms in the warehouse from Reservoir Dogs.
Tarantino reportedly uses 50ASA film stock (Pulp Fiction) which “is the slowest stock they make. The reason we use it is that it creates an almost no-grain image, it’s lustrous. It’s the closest thing we have to 50s Technicolor”.
Death Proof and Upcoming Projects
Tarantino’s latest film Death Proof is omitted from this study because it marks what seems like a new era in the career of Quentin Tarantino. It’s seems like the first of a new direction that Tarantino is taking. He even modified his signature Trunk shot in ‘Death Proof’.
Looking at the projects that currently lie on Tarantino’s table like the WW2 epic saga ‘Inglorious Bastards’ and the English language re-make of the far-eastern 1966 classic ‘Come Drink with Me’, it feels like Tarantino is making a bold move away from his beloved Pulp-Noir world and into new territories. Needless to say, the spirit of Tarantino will make a documentary on Kangaroo Rats seem like a roller-coaster ride. And with this faith, we await his upcoming endeavours. source: