Spotlight on Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantio, aged 52 from Knoxville, Tennessee, USA is an American film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer and actor. His work has been noted for many years in the non linear violence and action styled films. He was often criticzed for his use of gore and blood as it was sometimes seen as repulsive to watch. Other than that he is also a cinema genius when it comes to the image and setting of his films and are most considered cult classics.

Tarantino expresses a large variety of bright overhead light sources thought his film, most of his films have spotlights or key lights positioned on the main characters to express dominance.

Kill Bill Vol. 1. (2004)

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Django Unchained. (2012)

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Pulp Fiction. (1994)


Inglourious Basterds. (2009)

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Each of the shots I have shown above in my “Spotlight on Quentin Tarantio” express a well known technique used by Tarantio, which is the key light or hard light source from above. This technique is used in a particular way to highlight the certain character he is wanting to show. Most of these hard light sources are from artificial light in the room but he does express some from natural lighting which creates a strong use of shadow. In his indoor shots he uses a fill light to create an even spread, unless he is creating tension or a dramatic effect like many other directors the strong use of shadow usually come into play along with the dark representation.

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