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Carter Abraham

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QuentIn TARANTINO MEDIA STUDIES FILM SUMMATIVE BY CARTER PINKOWSKI & ABRAHAM ROGERS THE HISTORY OF QUENTIN Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American director, screenwriter, producer and actor, born in Knoxville Tennessee on March 27, 1963. He is most known for his own very unique film-making style, where he uses aspects such as non-linear storylines, stylized violence, genre mixing, and mix-and-match music infusion. Quentin grew up an avid film fan, and was first introduced to the arts when he was enrolled in drama classes in junior high. He discovered acting to be his passion, and soon dreamt of performing in front of a camera. In order to persue a long-term acting career, Quentin then dropped out of highschool at age 15 (he claims he was 16) and joined a full-time acting class at the James Best Theater Company in Toluca Lake, although he quit the class after only two years. Soon after, Quentin got a job at Video Archives, a video rental store in Manhattan Beach where he constantly paid close attention to the types of movies people rented and enjoyed. This gave him some inspiration to become a film director. In the 80's, Quentin met Lawrence Bender, a film producer, at a Hollywood party, who convinced him to write his first screenplay. Tarantino then co-wrote and directed a film called 'My Best Friend's Birthday' in 1987, but the final reel of the film was destroyed in a lab fire during the editing process. Although the film was ruined, his screenplay later formed the basis for the movie 'True Romance". Quentin began his career as an independent film-maker in the 90's, by writing and directing the movie 'Reservoir Dogs', in 1992. The film received amazing praise and became an instant classic, immediately boosting Tarantino into fame, along with his 1994 film, 'Pulp Fiction'. Quentin Tarantino is regarded as one of the most influencial film-makers of our time, and has gone on to receive 2 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 BAFTA Awards, and the Palme d'Or for his movies. "When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them, 'no, I went to films'." MOVIES (WRITTEN AND DIRECTED) - My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) - Reservoir Dogs (1992) - Four Rooms (1995) - Jackie Brown (1997) - Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) - Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004) - Grindhouse (2007) - Pulp Fiction (1994) [1 Acadamy Award, 2 BAFTA, 1 Golden Globe] - Inglourious Basterds (2009) [1 Academy Award, 1 BAFTA, 1 Golden Globe] - Django Unchained (2012) [2 Academy Award, 2 BAFTA, 2 Golden Globe] TARANTINO TRADEMARKS ACTORS Samuel L. Jackson - [Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained] Harvey Keitel - [Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds] Tim Roth - [Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms] Uma Thurman - [Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol.2] Christoph Waltz - [Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained] Quentin Tarantino - [My Best Friend's Birthday, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Death Proof, Django Unchained] PLOT AND THEMES - Non-linear storylines [Chapter format, flashbacks] - Over the top violence/blood - Genre mixing - Guns [Mexican standoff] - Crime - Profanity - Intro credits [Scene right before] - Intro definitions - Fake product placement [Red Apple Cigarettes, Big Cahuna Burger] - Pop culture references [Characters mention real things in media] cAMERA SHOTS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J782jBp_pW0With Scenes involving dialogue he uses the wide shot, mid shot, close up and over the shoulder shot. Uses common and neutral shots because he wants people to focus on the dialogue and learn the story rather than be paying attention to the shot. Quentin also uses utilizes POV shots. He trademarked the trunk POV, where characters watch from the inside of the trunk, and has used it in almost every movie hes directed. Does Quentin Tarantino have a big attraction to girls lips? He uses cut ins to show the lips of the bride in kill bill and Mia's lips in Pulp fiction. Quentin also includes several close ups of the feet of his female characters in almost every movie he's made. Quentin's favorite way of listening to music was from a record player, which is why he uses cut ins of it in his movies Jackie Brown and Pulp fiction. CAMERA ANGLES The eye level is commonly used to show the characters as we would view them, showing a very neutral scene. Bird's eye view is commonly used in Quentin's films to convey something bigger is watching them and what their doing, like a cinematic inner conscious. In kill bill, the birds eye view seems to accompany the bride on her journey of revenge The low angle is known as Quentin's favorite type of shot. He loves showing the subject from below, giving them the impression of being more powerful. cAMERA MOVEMENTS Quentin uses tracking shots as well as long takes. Long takes let the audience follow the characters and spend time with them without cuts/edits. This makes what ever their doing seem more real. Director Brian Depalma inspired Quentin to use the 360 shot. Brian often used it to emphasize love or togetherness. Quentin uses it in the opening of reservoir dogs to establish the setting CINEMATOGRAPHY TARANTINO FUN FACT #1 One of Quentin's first acting roles was as an Elvis impersonator on the show 'The Golden Girls', in 1988. TARANTINO FUN FACT #2 Quentin spent 10 days in jail in L.A. after failing to pay off $7000 in parking tickets. This was partly due to the fact that he was broke and partly due to the fact that he's kind of crazy. BIBLIOGRAPHY - "Quentin Tarantino." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 06 Feb. 2013. Web. 03 June 2013. - Quentin Tarantino Filmography." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 06 Feb. 2013. Web. 03 June 2013. - "Quentin Tarantino's Trademarks." - The Quentin Tarantino Archives. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. - "Quentin Tarantino." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. - "10 Familiar Faces of the Quentin Tarantino Universe." 10 Familiar Faces of the Quentin Tarantino Universe. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. - "Quentin Tarantino: 5 Things You Didn't Know." AskMen. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. Known to use the black and white filter in some of his films, these sequences are inspired by his love of the way movies looked in the early days. Quentin said the recent movie to digital technology makes him want to retire. He misses the classic film stock way of making films. There is a lack of Tarantino scenes with a focus change. This is because Quentin dislikes the audience only focusing on one subject in the film, everything in his shot is important.
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