At the start of awards season, THR assembles actors, actresses and directors involved in some of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, and sits them all in one room for a roundtable discussion about their careers and their movies. Joining the directors roundup this year is Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Ben Affleck (Argo), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Gus Van Sant (Promised Land), and the Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), who as you can imagine, dominated the discussion.
Perhaps the best moment comes when Tarantino weighs in on his feeling about digital cinema:
Well, part of the reason I’m feeling this way is, I can’t stand all this digital stuff. This is not what I signed up for. Even the fact that digital presentation is the way it is right now — I mean, it’s television in public, it’s just television in public. That’s how I feel about it. I came into this for film.
Tarantino goes on to say…
No, I hate that stuff. I shoot film. But to me, even digital projection is — it’s over, as far as I’m concerned. It’s over. So if I’m gonna do TV in public, I’d rather just write one of my big scripts and do it as a miniseries for HBO, and then I don’t have the time pressure that I’m always under, and I get to actually use all the script. I always write these huge scripts that I have to kind of — my scripts aren’t like blueprints. They’re not novels, but they’re novels written with script format. And so I’m adapting the script into a movie every day. The one movie that I was actually able to use everything — where you actually have the entire breadth of what I spent a year writing — was the two Kill Bill movies ’cause it’s two movies. So if I’m gonna do another big epic thing again, it’ll probably be like a six-hour miniseries or something.
There are many great moments in this video, and the entire hour is well worth your time. Enjoy!