In design it is common for professionals to build on references to something that already exists, so it is extremely important that they seek diverse knowledge about everything around them.
Some tools such as the Bi-Associative Methodology and the Morphological Matrix are great partners in generating new ideas, but none of this is meaningful if there is not a wide range of knowledge gathered about the project and the audience we want to reach.
But what does this have to do with movies?
Many directors and writers often mix different elements to create something new, a good example of this is the franchise Star Wars, which came from a first idea of George Lucas wanting to make an opera that was set in space.
Another classic movie that makes this combination of ideas that we can mention is the Back to the future, which links with a science fiction story in conjunction with a romantic comedy.
Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Michael J. Fox, Neil Canton, and Steven Spielberg on the Back to the Future movie set in 1985 (Photo: www.bfi.org.uk)
We can mention many other films in which their directors or writers use this line of reasoning to create their works, but there is one who has this way of thinking as his own identity, director Quentin Tarantino.
Tarantino started studying cinema from a young age, but his big school was at a film rental company he worked at when he was 22, Video Archives, There he had access to the movies that people cast aside for being less well-known, including martial arts movies, western spaghetti movies, and the famous trash movies.
It is inevitable not to see these influences in your filmography, but with the great differential of mixing all these genres along with other references of pop culture.
In the movie Django Unchained for example, he criticizes racism and the period of slavery that happened in the United States, but he mixed elements of African American culture together with those of the western spaghetti films to create his narrative, these elements are present in the dialogues between the characters. , in costumes and even in their soundtrack.
In Kill bill We can also see other references of Tarantino’s baggage, having in its history elements of martial arts films, present even in the costumes, as in the clothes worn by Uma Thurman character who pays tribute to actor Bruce Lee.
But what makes the movie even more interesting is the extra elements to the oriental culture that makes this junction of ideas talk, like the songs Ironside from Quincy Jones or Twisted Nerve by Bernard Herrmann, the latter being a composer already much admired by Tarantino for having done works with Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.
Quentin Tarantino (Photo: www.cinematographe.it)
The great merit of Tarantino is to have an immense repertoire and to know a lot of what has already been done in cinema, knowing how to masterfully use these references to tell their stories.
That’s why it’s important that we creative professionals always have to be on the lookout for knowledge, even if it has no connection with our lives right now, it may be that up front we can use it and create something fantastic in a near future.
“You can’t connect the dots by looking ahead; You can only turn them on by looking back. So you have to trust that the dots will connect sometime in the future. ”- Steve Jobs