Quentin Tarantino started out as a broke employee at a video store so how is it that he made one of the best films of all time? The video above by Ritik Pandey charts Tarantino’s ascent from humble beginnings to becoming a critically acclaimed director that changed the course of American cinema.
Tarantino initially set out to make an ultra low budget short film in his early 20s. As he filmed on the weekends with whatever money he earned from his video store gig, he had an epiphany. Why not just keep doing this until he had enough material for a feature? So, for three years Tarantino periodically filmed as much as he could. Once he wrapped production he took the undeveloped film to get processed. However, he was disappointed when the footage didn’t come back as awesome as he had expected.
Tarantino, then went back to writing. He used the money he earned from selling the script of “True Romance” to start raising money for “Reservoir Dogs.” The latter of which was the most talked about film at the Sundance Film Festival. All the hype from “Reservoir Dogs” had people dying to see Tarantino’s sophomore film.
The conception of “Pulp Fiction” began as three separate crime stories. After writing the Vincent/Mia story and the Butch story, Tarantino didn’t have enough runtime to introduce a whole new set of characters. So, what did he do? He cut the Vince/Mia storyline right before Marvin’s death. The third crime story then starts with Marvin’s accidental death and how Jules/Vincent handle it. What a masterful way to turn the problem into the solution.
After writing the film, Tarantino had to figure out how to turn an $8 million movie into a crime epic. He started by finding talent in unusual places. John Travolta’s career was in downfall before Tarantino cast him. There’s nothing more marketable than a comeback!