Final Project (Part II)
“The Mind behind the Films”
This project will focus on Quentin Tarantino, a film director who has directed various movies during the period between 1950 and 2000.
A summary of what the project will discuss.
Thesis statement: Although his films have attracted criticism, Quentin Tarantino has made his reputation in the specific use of editing, special effects, special camera work, cinematography, and sound and music.
2.1 Early Life
- His Family (wife, children)
3.1 Early Films
3.2 Recent work
4.0 Quentin Tarantino’s important films
4.1 Reservoir Dogs (1992)
4.2 Pulp Fiction (1994)
4.3 Kill Bill
4.4 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2005
5.0 Quentin Tarantino’s honors and awards
5.1 Academy Awards (USA)
5.2 Golden Globes (USA)
5.3 Bafta Awards
5.4 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize
6.0 Critical opinions on Quentin Tarantino’s works
6.1 Johann Hari: The tragedy of Tarantino: he has proved his critics right
6.2 The Movie Review: ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’
7.0 Films ‘comments (‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Kill Bill’)
7.1 Use of editing (montage)
7.2 Use of Sound and Music
7.3 Use of Cinematography
7.4 Special Camera Work (steady cam, handheld, optical effects)
7.5 Special Effects (this can include stunt work)
Restatement of the thesis statement and summary of the research.
- Clarkson, W. (2007). Quentin Tarantino: The Man, The Myths and His Movies. John Blake Publishing.
This book discusses Quentin Tarantino in depth. Clarkson provides an exploration of this enigmatic cinematic legend. He explores the personal life of Quentin and his determination to join the film industry. According to the author, Tarantino, born in 1963, became a film buff from an early age. While working in a video store, he joined the industry, wrote scripts, and worked on polishing his huge cinematic knowledge. ‘Reservoir Dogs’ was his debut into the film industry. He continued to stun the world with hits after hits. This book the career, reputation, and other achievements of Tarantino. The book will be useful in our study in discussing the life, career, films, and honors and awards of Tarantino. This information is reliable because the author uses a variety of sources including primary and secondary sources.
- Eldin, N. (2012). Visual Effects Cinematography the Cinematographer’s Filmic Technique from Traditional to Digital Era. The Turkish Online Journal of Design, Art, and Communication – TOJDAC, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 115-122.
Eldin discusses cinematography and special effects. The article discusses cinematography as everything that is connected to camera work. This includes lighting, camera movement, and lenses among other works. Special effects cinematography a director making special effects by combining optical effects after shooting in a laboratory or making the whole effect on camera. Traditionally, special effects were possible in the laboratory or by the camera. Today, various techniques and tools have changed the cinema industry. It involves creating imagery, altering, or enhancing it for a film, an act that may not be accomplished while live-shooting a film. This article will be useful while discussing the use of cinematography and special effects in Tarantino films. The author uses relevant sources making the information credible.
- Hari, J. (August 26, 2009). Johann Hari: The tragedy of Tarantino: he has proved his critics right. Independent. Retrieved from https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-the-tragedy-of-tarantino-he-has-proved-his-critics-right-1777147.html
This article criticizes Tarantino for turning suffering into a good joke. The author discusses how he defended ‘Reservoir Dogs’ from critics who thought the movie a form of sadism served up a style. However, the author turned into a critic of Tarantino movies after realizing how the filmmaker used his cinematic talent in a way that was disturbing to the audience. The author explains how Tarantino encourages the audience to laugh at anal rape, mutilation, and torture. The author says this style turns suffering into a merry joke which is very disturbing. The author disliked the argument of the filmmaker that human suffering is trivial. Hari criticizes the fact that Tarantino fails to make the audience empathize with people who are suffering. This article will serve as a sample of critical opinions about the works of Tarantino.
- Li, X. (2014). Research on the Montage Technique in the Film and Television. International Conference on Education, Language, Art, and Intercultural Communication (ICELAIC 2014), pp.599-603.
This article discusses how the development and progress of science and technology have changed the film industry. Simple expressions and actions no longer satisfy the audience. A good film has to include good music, beautiful colors, perfect plot, and compact rhythm. To satisfy these psychological needs, film directors use editing techniques. Montage edition technique is mostly used. The technique helps in producing a film with meaning, good content, and perfect plot. The technique enables the director to give audiences visual enjoyment and at the same time enable the audience to experience create ideas and intention of the director. The article helps in understanding the editing technique. It will be useful in discussing editing techniques used by Tarantino in his films. The information is reliable because the author uses various scholarly sources.
- New York Film Academy (2014). Quentin Tarantino. Retrieved from https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/quentin-tarantino/
This article discusses Quentin Tarantino, his essential DVDs, and his awards. According to the article, Tarantino started out from a humble background to become an influential filmmaker to an extent of film critics turning his name into an adjective. The article acknowledges how the filmmaker took advantage of his fame to produce hit after hot to become a topic in the American movie scene. According to the New York Film Academy, Tarantino has won various awards for his film works. This article will be useful in identifying the most important films by Tarantino and in identifying some of his awards in the film industry.
- Orr, C. (2004). The Movie Review: ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’. The Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2004/04/the-movie-review-kill-bill-vol-1/69524/
Orr refers ‘Kill Bill’ film as the most violent film that has ever be released. The author acknowledges that the movie is conceived in a stylish manner and photographed lavishly. It also has a clever soundtrack. The author also argues that the movie is as boring as hell, morally repulsive, and pitifully thin. Or says that the movie doesn’t supply any emotional build up or release. Rather, it is simply a series of obscenity and provocations in the form of a comedy. The author explores ‘Kill Bill Vol I’ criticizing Tarantino for excessive violence in the film. The article will be useful in sampling critical opinion about the filmmaker’s work amongst many criticisms.
- Romanov, P. (2006). Soundtrack: The significance of music in the films written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Wake Forest University, Thesis, pp.1-62.
Romanov discusses the use of music in films and the role music plays in setting the mood of a film. According to the author, music helps in verbalizing character thoughts, influencing audience perception, and promoting certain film genres. Tarantino uses music and sounds from various film genres. According to the article, Tarantino music shares similar characteristics including being old, and music that is referential to a different film or musical genres. The music ranges from foreign film scores, pop, and soul music genres. He uses the music to connect the audience to emotional and physical, sensations of his characters. The soundtrack in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ film is characterized by source music. The author discusses who Tarantino use music and soundtrack as his trademark. This article will be useful in having a deep understanding of music and soundtrack and its use in films. This will help in identifying its use in Tarantino films. Romanov uses a variety of reliable sources making the information credible for academic use.
List of References
Clarkson, W. (2007). Quentin Tarantino: The Man, The Myths and His Movies. John Blake Publishing.
Eldin, N. (2012). Visual Effects Cinematography the Cinematographer’s Filmic Technique from Traditional to Digital Era. The Turkish Online Journal of Design, Art, and Communication – TOJDAC, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 115-122.
Hari, J. (August 26, 2009). Johann Hari: The tragedy of Tarantino: he has proved his critics right. Independent. Retrieved from https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-the- tragedy-of-tarantino-he-has-proved-his-critics-right-1777147.html
Li, X. (2014). Research on the Montage Technique in the Film and Television. International Conference on Education, Language, Art, and Intercultural Communication (ICELAIC 2014), pp.599-603.
New York Film Academy (2014). Quentin Tarantino. Retrieved from https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/quentin-tarantino/
Orr, C. (2004). The Movie Review: ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’. The Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2004/04/the-movie-review-kill- bill-vol-1/69524/
Romanov, P. (2006). Soundtrack: The significance of music in the films written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Wake Forest University, Thesis, pp.1-62.