Quentin Tarantino may be one of the biggest filmmakers in the world, but he’s never lost the drive to foster young talent. The director received an AFI Honorary Degree in summer 2016, and he returned the favor to the American Film Institute last month by speaking to a group of AFI Fellows at the AFI Conservatory’s Opening Day. The audience was made up of first and second-year Fellows.
While speaking with AFI Conservatory Dean Richard Gladstein, who was an executive producer of “Reservoir Dogs” and a producer on “The Hateful Eight,” Tarantino opened up his toolbox to provide aspiring writers and directors his biggest tip on how to find the perfect story to tell. Most of the audience had not made their first feature, so Tarantino used “Reservoir Dogs” as the perfect anecdote for storytelling inspiration.
“My advice for when you want to find a story you want to tell is: What is a movie you want to see?” Tarantino said. “What is it that you want to contribute? There’s a whole lot of movies you could see without you. What’s the movie that we have never seen because you haven’t made it. Make that movie. Make the movie that’s the reason you’re going to be doing it. The truth of the matter is — good, bad, or different, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ didn’t exist before I did. Heist films had been made…but it’s a very different movie.”
Watch Tarantino’s entire storytelling tip in the exclusive video below.