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

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

Day 16: 03/12/18

Kill Bill Vol.1, Quentin Tarantino

=> Every scene of this movie is an art form in itself. Every scene. If anybody would give me pictures of shots in this movie I can easily put them in order – that’s how memorable and impactful this movie is on me. Every scene is very thought through and designed intricately.

=> So many tools are used to tell the story and they are always used purposefully. Such as the ceiling view in the first fight scene between Bea and Vernita in the kitchen. When Bea enters the kitchen you see it from above and it is completely clean, nothing extraordinary. When she leaves the kitchen, it’s all a mess, there is cereal all over the floor and a dead body. It’s just the beginning for this movie. When O-ren Ishii’s backstory is told, it is done so with an anime – because she is Chinese-Japanese. Such a fitting and fun way of introducing a character.

=> Color communication on point. Bold red. Bold yellow. And bold night blue in just one scene, memorable enough.

=> Insanely good rhythm. Like a heartbeat. Always keeps you on your toes.

=> OMG THE MUSIC CHOICES. Blows my mind.

=> Takes the characters and the action to the fullest. Are you surprised or impressed by something? The next scene will take it to a higher level.

=> Last scene: reverses the whole premise of the story. What Bea thought she lost, what she had been revenging for, is actually not lost. That’s like the last hit of that rhythm. Movie ends on such a high note, you know there is a sequel full of story.

=> Loved re-watching this so much that declared this week Tarantino month for myself. Tarantino movies, interviews, inspiration, video analyses, music…everything.

Es war einmal Indianerland (2017)

Day 12: 15/04/2018

Es war einmal Indianerland, Ilker Catak

Such a fun film that I watched in Istanbul Film Festival where every scene is thought upon. A lot of time manipulation which not only happens with the editing but also with shooting angles. The movie definitely had a rhythm of its own and the soundtrack is super lively. This could easily be watched as a film class assignment and trying to recreate the scenes would be so much fun. My favorite one is when Mauser gets high and starts hearing noises from water in a plastic bottle when he opens to drink it. When he puts his hand on it like a lit the sound stops and when he opens it again the music starts playing again. One thing I learned from director Ilker is that he told us the actors and actresses who come from acting school stay more truthful to the script whereas the non-schooled ones choose to improvise and play with the dialogues. Interesting to see that native American man in crucial scenes which adds another layer to the movie.