The Interlocking Parallel Reality of Tarantino Movies

Every Quentin Tarantino fan knows about Red Apple cigarettes and Big Kuhuna Burgers making multiple appearances in his films, but the parallel realities go much deeper. Did you know Pulp Fiction’s Vincent Vega (John Travolta) is the brother to Vic Vega (aka Mr. Blonde) (Michael Madsen) from Reservoir Dogs? Remember Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz (Eli Roth) from Inglourious Basterds? The film producer Lee Donowitz from True Romance is Donny’s son.

Cracked has examined the Tarantino Parallel Reality and 4 other Movie and TV Universes.

Remember that time we told you about the most random celebrity duos who started out together, like George Romero and Mister Rogers or Jon Stewart and Anthony Weiner? Imagine, if you will, the same thing, only with fictional characters.

6 Movie and TV Universes That Overlap in Mind-blowing Ways |

The Wrap – Is it Okay to Laugh at a Bad Indie Flick?

The Wrap looks back on the Action on Film Festival and asks the question, is it okay to laugh during a really bad indie flick?
Episode 9

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Show Notes

My full run down of the AOF Festival in Pasadena
(including that very bad film I talk about)

Kevin Smith on Avid Rough Cut
Filmmaker Kevin Smith talks about his filmmaking experience using Media Composer and reactions to his unconventional approach to promoting his latest film Red State.

Hitchcock’s PSYCHO – Subliminal Themes
Rob Ager’s analysis of the subliminal themes in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror masterpiece PSYCHO.

100 Resources to Research Your Horror Film
Have you ever felt that you have a great horror story and you just need to do a little research to get more ideas, get the time period right or other facts? Maybe you have writer’s block and don’t know where to start. In either case we put together a list of links to help you get all the details right in your scary flick.

THE SHINING: The Psychology of Set Design
How Stanley Kubrick used Escher-styled spacial awareness & set design anomalies to disorientate viewers of his horror classic.

Why David Lynch Turned Down ‘Return of the Jedi’
David Lynch was offered to direct the third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, but turned it down. Why? Spoiler.. Wookies give him headaches.on.

Behind the Scenes of “The Hobbit” – Video Blog part 1 & 2
Go behind the scenes on the production set of “The Hobbit” with director Peter Jackson.

A Short History of CG Characters in Movies
This interesting documentary created by Vimeo user lnrdshelby guides you through the history of CG characters.

When Rolling Shutter meets Guitar Strings
One day YouTube user JustKyleVids decided to put his iPhone inside his guitar and record a demo. The resulting rolling shutter effect is a mesmerizing view of the vibrations of a guitar.

The Fundamentals of Color Grading
Filmmaker IQ’s Scott Jarvie demystifies color grading and demonstrates a few grading techniques in this article from the Filmmaker IQ forum.

Stunt Driver Takes Mom for a Ride
Darius Khashabi takes his mom for a ride in a Corvette Z06. Not sure what it says about him giving his mother the cheep helmet.

How Algorithms Shape Movie Scripts & Everything Else
Kevin Slavin argues that we’re living in a world designed for and increasingly controlled by algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can’t understand, with implications we can’t control.

Rehearsing Your Movie Pitch
Michael Weise Director of Hardware Wars offers you some pointers on how to pitch your film to studio executives.

Orson Welles Meets HG Wells
This meeting between H.G. Wells and Orson Welles was broadcasted on Radio KTSA San Antonio on October 28, 1940, Wells expressed a lack of understanding of the apparent panic caused by “The War of the Worlds” Halloween radio broadcast in 1938.\

WTF Post of the week:

Serious Screenwriting Panel

In June 2011 BAFTA and The Script Factory hosted a two-day training and networking event for anyone passionate about screenwriting.

In this video, screenwriters Nick Whitfield (Skeletons), Joanna Hogg (Archipelago) and Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) discuss genre, audience and the creative process. Using their own films as examples, the panel members discuss themes such as genre, marketing, budgets, creative processes and how to ‘organise chaos’ on the job.

In this video, Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, etc) discusses the importance of the ‘triangular’ writer-director-producer relationship, debunks the idea of the ‘auteur’s singular vision’, and describes his complex working relationship with the authors whose novels he adapts.

In this video a panel of some of the UK’s most influential execs – including Bedlam’s Gareth Unwin (The King’s Speech) and Independent’s Luc Roeg (We Need to Talk About Kevin) – talk about ways for aspiring screenwriters to get their work into development.

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