In a few days time on January 8th Tarantino’s The Hateful 8 will be released. Naturally the Pallas Pictures’s team as avid Tarantino fan’s will see the film at the earliest opportunity. But a few days later another Tarantino project even closer to our hearts will be released. Our third short film – Dogs of Pulp.
Our release tie-in with Tarantino’s 8th project is entirely intentional and along with the name of our film you would be right for thinking that our third project has more than a just little nod to this master of modern cinema.
So, what’s the inspiration behind our next film? Simply put: the hyperreal conversations of Quentin Tarantino’s films. Think the diner scene in Reservoir Dogs, think the diner scene in Pulp Fiction, think any of his diner scenes. Dialogue is integral to the works of Tarantino. Neutral backgrounds like diners and cars allow for long conversations in which his stylised characters wax lyrical and where the wit of the repartee is the end itself.
Tarantino’s conservation, in scenes where hardened criminals discuss the meaning behind Madonna’s Like a Virgin, are free from narrative purpose. It flies free. It’s a rift on a theme. It’s liberated from regimental script structure. There is a joy in his dialogue which gives liberty to his characters and allows you to discover more about them in few lines of conversation than twenty minutes of plot-driven narrative would.
Even in the Tarantino scenes where characters do discuss the plot (e.g. Pumpkin and Yolanda speaking at the start of Pulp Fiction) they are completely discursive and there is always conversational gymnastics. It’s a sport you are watching, not just the delivery of lines. Tarantino’s conversation is at the heart of his film’s artistry and so frequently it sounds more like singing than speech – think of how Samuel L. Jackson delivers his lines -it is, at times, musical.
Inspired by the works of Tarantino we needed a subject for the conversation of our short. What could our characters talk about? What would seem authentic but not too contrite? What breeze could our characters chat? We wanted it to feel like a Tarantino conversation but not just be a straight rip off. So no debates about Madonna songs, no discussions on foreign names for fast food. It had to be something that characters in a Tarantino film had never talked about before. What would characters in a Tarantino film never talk about? And then we realised the answer was staring us in the face: Tarantino Films.
Tarantino is a complete cinephile but less a narcissist. While his characters do talk about popular culture they could never talk about Tarantino himself and he is without doubt one of the most influential figures of popular culture in the last twenty-five years. It therefore seemed logical to us to have our four characters (Vincent, Hans, Clarence and Louis) talk about Tarantino and his films in a Tarantino style. That was our aim. That is our hope. And we think we have achieved it. And in few days we hope that you all agree. In the meantime have a Happy New Year.