Quentin Tarantino is pretty much universally recognised as one of the greatest directors of our generation and it turns out that this is no fluke whatsoever – there’s actually a method to his technique.
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A guy named Michael Tucker has a YouTube channel called ‘Lessons From The Screenplay’ and he decided to delve into the mechanics of one of Tarantino’s greatest scenes to examine how he manages to build suspense in his movies. The scene is taken from ‘Inglorious Basterds’ – arguably one of his less celebrated movies – and he analyses it using quotes from an academic paper and interviews from Tarantino himself to get to the bottom of his directorial methods.
If you’ve seen the movie, it’s probably no surprise that the scene in question is the first one featured in it – clocking in at a lengthy 17 pages – which is also recognised as one of his most excruciatingly suspenseful ones:
So yeah, it’s basically that easy for all you budding film directors out there. Shouldn’t be so hard to make a legendary movie now should it?
For more Quentin Tarantino, check out these behind the scenes photos from ‘Reservoir Dogs’. Messy.