Quentin Tarantino is considered to be one of the greatest American filmmakers of our time. Often imitated but never duplicated, his screenplays are venerated by critics and fans alike for their intensity, violence and suspense.
The above video by YouTube’s Lessons from the Screenplay analyses the anatomy of the opening scene from Tarantino’s hit WWII film Inglourious Basterds. The 13-minute video unpacks the elements of suspense that make Tarantino’s films so effective at amplifying drama, citing academic film theory papers, Tarantino’s interview on Charlie Rose, as well as recordings of legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.
Watch above for some insightful screenplay techniques and share your thoughts below.