Pulp Fiction Cinematography Journal

Pulp Fiction (1994), Andrzej Sekula



EVERY SHOT SHOTS: http://evanerichards.com/2010/965

WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s51T7Ps70fs&list=PLOtN3mC2mbrZCK8KyYmqOb1cRfcJCOAUH

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Day  18: 21/12/18

Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino

I decided to do something different before I re-watched this film. I read the script first and then saw the movie.

=> the first scene of the story is also the last scene. The whole plot goes around like a circle and ends where it begins. I loved that.

=> 3 entangled crime stories – the protagonist of one dies in another’s story unexpectedly.

=> One of the most tense scenes I saw in my life: Butch comes to his house expecting people to be after him, finds no one, relaxes and goes to the kitchen to toast some bread, the house is completely silent, suddenly he realizes that there is a gun on the kitchen counter, at the same time hears the flush – someone actually came to kill him and he entered the house when he was in the bathroom and left his gun in the kitchen.

=> When I saw Mia chilling in that house drinking whiskey I wanted to do the exact same thing with a Q. Tarantino soundtrack.

=> That dance scene ❤

=> At first when Vincent and Jules goes to kill the three guys in the house, one of them holds cereals that explode all over the place once a gun explodes, Butch toasts bread in the house that explodes with gunfire, in Kill Bill the same happens to the cereals. Classic Tarantino. Shows the effect of the explosion with the most naive thing, he uses opposites. Just like the soundtrack of his movies – sometimes so opposite to the scene that it matches it perfectly.

=> The color palette => bold red, bold blue, bold yellow: reminds me of Kill Bill Vol. 1’s palette a lot. Also a lot of black and white used on the clothes. With Kill Bill Vol.2 his palette starts to alter.

READ: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/03/making-of-pulp-fiction-oral-history


Django Unchained Cinematography Journal

Django Unchained, Cinematography by Robert Richardson


READ: https://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/visualizing-django-unchained/

Filming the Scenes 

Django Unchained (2012)

Day 17: 19/12/18

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

The most realistic movie I have ever watched about racism, a movie that really shows me the meaning of slavery. It is interesting to watch this film, because, as Tarantino tells in an interview, it is a genre story. There is crime and action with a background of history. That’s actually what I really want to do in my movies. It’s not a historical biography, not a movie you know will mentally be rough, but a story you actually want to watch.

Great use of negation of negation. Worse of the worse. Leonardo di Caprio was disturbed to play his role and wanted to soften the character, but they told him that that wouldn’t tell the whole story, that wouldn’t do justice in terms of history.

Stephen: as a character of worst of the worst. Enemy from within. It’s bad to be attacked by an enemy, an opposite, it’s worse to be attacked by someone from the same place as you are.

From the first scene an amazing use of music signals you that this is going to be an insanely dynamic movie. Some songs are made like a musical – but in a very very different, darker, more Western genre than the Broadway way (obviously).

Funny scenes humiliating the behavior of white people, like the night scene with the KKK members. Adds to the flavor of the story.

Love the chemistry between Dr. King and Django. Both are very developed characters.

READ: Django Unchained Comic Book ❤