Let me begin by saying I love me some Quentin Tarantino, alright? Not only is Pulp Fiction one of my all time favorite films, but also Mr. Tarantino, I believe, has a true talent for storytelling. His multi-layered plots generate far more sophisticated stories than a lot of films I've seen. The dialogue is so well written and so sublimely acted by the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Christopher Waltz, etc. is it any wonder that such refined talent culminates to create such exquisite films?
But naturally, talk to someone who knows someone whose uncle's doctor's son worked as a gaffer on one of Tarantino's films, and the dirt drudged up is no different than the gossip in the high school girl's bathroom. If there are widely read magazines like Cosmo or US Weekly or whatever else floats people's boat, then people in the biz (anyone else hate this phrase?) should have some shady outlet too. We could call it, "You Talkin' 'Bout Me? Weekly" or "Shaken & Stirred".
But I digress.
The reason this whole Tarantino post happened is because last night at the Arizona International Film Festival --which you all should go to! Support our industry here at home and enjoy a good movie in the process!-- the after-party consisted of a big table of film buffs talking about-- oh, you guessed it!--films! And luckily for me, this is one of my favorite things to do. Reflecting on the short films we had just watched, discussing which ones we liked or didn't like, why that was, and how they could be improved...these conversations are invaluable. You learn what resonates with people--the same people who one day will be your audience members. Listening to all of their different opinions and tastes inevitably will influence how you approach telling your stories.
I'm very fortunate to be interning at Monsoon Production Services. The things I've learned both related and unrelated to film will stick with me for a long time. The people who work here are exceptionally skilled at what they do and genuinely care about their craft. The cavernous warehouse packed to the ceiling with grip gear is metaphorical for their vast knowledge and experience in the industry and beyond. The train that blares by every 15 minutes with its deafening "choo-choo" is something that (quite literally) comes with the territory. You gotta dig for a long time in the warehouse to walk out knowing everything. You gotta persevere past busted eardrums in order to get the job done. But it's totally and completely worth it.