In a rare and intimate interview, Academy Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino spoke with listener-fans for a SiriusXM Town Hall about the pressure he feels as a director, and how he balances his artistic vision with the business of movie making.
“This was the most expensive move I’ve ever done so I had an obligation to make it in as little as possible, try to do it as much as a professional as possible. But at the same time I never claimed to be a professional, I claimed to be an artist,” Tarantino said.
Early on in his career, Tarantino credits sage advice from director Terry Gilliam with helping him balance to the two sides of his work. “[Terry Gilliam] gave me some of the best advice I had ever gotten. He said ‘Well, Quentin, you don’t really have to conjure up your vision, what you have to do is know what your vision is and hire really talented people. It’s their job to create your vision. If you can articulate your vision and they’re talented, they can give you your vision.’ What seemed like a mystical enterprise became very practical. I know I can articulate, I can describe exactly what I want. I knew I could do that.”
And the rest, he says, is about self-expression.
“I encourage enthusiasm for my work, at the same time I do make them for me and everyone else is invited,” he said.
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